One needs to be careful throwing around accusations or even suspicions that Trump acted as a Russian or Saudi asset as president. But when one learns of Trump’s use of intelligence reports and hears that Trump liked to gain leverage over our allies while deepening his friendships with some of the world’s monsters, it’s almost impossible to wave away some considerations. The New York Times reports that Trump was most interested in intelligence that he could use as leverage over our friends, such as Merkel, Trudeau, and Macron, rather than information needed to protect us from Kim, Xi, and Putin.
According to the Times:
“As president, Donald J. Trump showed the most interest in intelligence briefings when the topics revolved around his personal relationships with world leaders and the power available at his fingertips…
“Mr. Trump devoured intelligence briefings about his foreign counterparts before and after calls with them. He was eager to deepen his relationships with autocrats like Kim Jong-un of North Korea or Xi Jinping of China and to get leverage over allies he took a personal dislike to, such as Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada,”
It cannot possibly be a coincidence that Trump personally disliked some of the world’s least corrupt and most respected leaders. It is also highly suspicious that Trump’s interests and actions mirror what one would expect of Vladimir Putin. It is near impossible to picture Vladimir Putin and Justin Trudeau developing a personal friendship. Macron would never take a warm interest in Kim Jong-un.
Trump was also just childish:
“With many world leaders, Mr. Trump, whose own dalliances were the stuff of gossip columns for years, was fascinated by what the C.I.A. had learned about his international counterparts’ supposed extramarital affairs — not because he was going to confront them with the information, former officials said, but rather because he found it titillating.
Trump would brag that he knew “illicit details” about Macron’s sex life. An adult…
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