From Escalator To Espionage – 19 Months Of Donald Trump And Russia 

  • Donald and Melania Trump make their way down the fabled escalator in June 2015. (Photo: Twitter)

  • Almost immediately, speculation began about Trump’s dealing with Russia, including the Miss Universe pageant which the President brought to Moscow in 2013. (Photo: Wikimedia)

  • In early debates, Trump argued for a less interventionist foreign policy. (Photo: Flickr)

  • Many rival candidates, including Jeb Bush (in photo) accused Trump of being soft on Vladimir Putin and Russia. (Photo: Wikimedia)

  • Trump also feuded with “Little” Marco Rubio, resident young hawk of the GOP, about the nation’s military posture toward Europe. (Photo: Flickr)

  • Trump doubled down on Russia in stump speeches and interviews. (Photo: Wikipedia)

  • “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get along with Russia,” Trump asked a crowd in Arizona. (Photo: Twitter)

  • In an early 2016 interview, Trump said “If Putin says nice things about me, I’ll say nice things about him.” (Photo: Flickr)

  • As the Democratic National Convention got underway last summer, nominee Hillary Clinton was hit hard with a Wikileaks dump of hacked DNC emails. (Photo: Flickr)

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign over allegations that internal emails showed bias toward Clinton and against candidate Bernie Sanders. (Photo: Flickr)

  • Sanders, who lost to Clinton in a close primary race, was “eyerolled” and criticized for his religious beliefs in emails from DNC staffers. (Photo: Wikipedia)

  • Democrats fought back at the convention, claiming that Russian operatives working for Vladimir Putin had hacked the email accounts. (Photo: Twitter)

  • But when Trump encouraged whoever was hacking “to keep it up” in speeches, questions began to swirl about his relationship with the Russian leader. (Photo: Twitter)

  • Putin was accused by Democrats and later the CIA of international espionage. (Photo: Wikimedia)

  • Putin obviously prefers Trump over Clinton, but has denied any involvement in the Wikileaks reveal. (Photo: Wikimedia)

  • When Clinton – and the American political establishment – lost to Trump in November, many Democrats felt that Russia had tipped the scales for the new President. (Photo: Wikipedia)

  • U.S. Representative John Lewis, among others, boycotted Trump’s inauguration. (Photo: Flickr)

  • An unsubstantiated report from Buzzfeed about Trump, Russian models and a hotel in Moscow (and Trump-brand vodka, of course) dogged The Orange One as he prepared to take the mantle. (Photo: Twitter)

  • In 2017, questions swirl about whether the new President will allow Russia to continue its militant Ukraine policy without consequences. (Photo: Twitter)

Donald and Melania Trump make their way down the fabled escalator in June 2015. (Photo: Twitter)

Donald Trump’s successful campaign for President of the United States began with an escalator ride in Trump Tower on June 16th, 2015. Since then, there have been endless news stories, rumors, and innuendo that The Donald is a willing mark for Vladimir Putin and the shadowy Russian regime.

Did Putin personally help get Trump elected? Will the new U.S. President turn a blind eye to Putin’s brutality in Ukraine? Click for 19 photos recounting the chronology of the President, Putin and a pontificating press.


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