New book interviewing Yuri Shvets and many other sources alleges Moscow rescued Trump’s businesses with laundered funds, directly tying this to ex-president’s affinity for Putin
Russian intelligence agencies had been grooming Donald Trump since the 1980s as an asset to spread anti-western propaganda, a former KGB spy claims.
As the Guardian reported, former Russian official Yuri Shvets claimed that the now-former president was one of many people in the west targeted by the former Soviet Union to grow into assets that would further Russia’s causes.
Shvets said that Trump was the “perfect target” in many ways, as his vanity and narcissism made him very easy to bend.
“For the KGB, it was a charm offensive. They had collected a lot of information on his personality so they knew who he was personally,” he said. “The feeling was that he was extremely vulnerable intellectually, and psychologically, and he was prone to flattery.”
The real estate mogul would go on to echo sentiments that were sympathetic to Russia, including taking out full-page advertisements in major newspapers that criticized American defense policy and spoke out against NATO, the defense agreement that had long been opposed by Russia as it was seen as a check on the country’s power.
The allegations echoed some claims in a dossier compiled during the 2016 presidential race that detailed a number of contacts between members of his campaign and Russia, and also claimed that Trump had long been seen as an asset for Russia.
Though Trump denied all of the allegations and said that the dossier was a politically motivated attack against him, critics continued to scrutinize Trump for his close ties to Russia and President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of failing to push back on the country’s interference in the 2016 election and allegations that the country paid bounties to Afghan militants for killing U.S. soldiers stationed there. He was also criticized for holding a series of closed-door meetings with Putin and going to great lengths to keep the subject of the talks secret, even reportedly taking notes from an interpreter.