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Trump's Interest In Russia and Ukraine, Explained
2 August, 2016

What You Need To Know:

✅ “Trump is surrounded by people close to Russia in a way that is very unusual not only in American politics but in American business as well;”

✅ While Applebaum does not think that Trump has a direct relationship to Putin, the American Presidential Candidate has been using lines from Russian propaganda, which suggests that he is probably getting the information from his staff;

✅ Applebaum says that it is rare for another country to influence U.S. politics, and Trump’s campaign was only interested in the Ukraine platform and not much else;

✅ DNC hack: “the use of illicitly stolen information to affect and shape politics is something that the Kremlin has been working on for a decade.”

“He is surrounded by people close to Russia in a way that is very unusual not only in American politics but in American business as well,” says Anne Applebaum, an award-winning author and Washington Post columnist, when speaking about Donald Trump and his entourage. Paul Manafort and Carter Page , two individuals who manage and advise Trump, both have ties to Russia.

While Applebaum does not think that Trump has a direct relationship to Putin, the American Presidential Candidate has been using lines from Russian propaganda, which suggests that he is probably getting the information from his staff.

“He seems to have a special interest in Russia and Ukraine. I’m guessing because of who’s around him.” Applebaum says that it is rare for another country to influence U.S. politics, and Trump’s campaign was only interested in the Ukraine platform and not much else.

Applebaum also touches upon the recent DNC hacks and says that all fingers point at Russia: “the use of illicitly stolen information to affect and shape politics is something that the Kremlin has been working on for a decade.”

Hromadske’s Nataliya Gumenyuk spoke to Anne Applebaum, award-winning author and Washington Post columnist via Skype on July 31st, 2016.