Courtesy of The Washington Examiner:
The View co-host Meghan McCain alleged that some members of the Trump administration are using their positions to establish a “slush fund” for Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
McCain, 35, made the comment during a brief moment on Monday’s show in which she addressed her presentation of the Magnitsky Award to Oleg Sentsov, who was imprisoned in Russia for coming out against Russia’s annexation of Crimea, last week.
“I was at the Magnitsky Human Rights Awards in London, and Sergei Magnitsky was someone who found corruption in Russia, was subsequently tortured and killed because of it, and there is now an act that is in the United States, and we’re trying to make it expand globally where basically Russia can’t use the West and democracy for their dirty money, that they can’t launder it in countries that love and utilize democracy and freedom every single day,” she said.
Before the show went to a commercial break, she added, “I believe there are people in the Trump administration that are trying to use the West as a slush fund for Vladimir Putin and Russia, and we cannot let it happen.”
I am not a fan of Meghan MacCain, and never quote her here on IM. (I checked, this is the first time.)
However, what she is saying here is undoubtedly accurate.
And this fund is not simply made up of money stored in banks, real estate, and investments within the west either, it is also Putin’s increasing influence in places like America, Britain, and Germany, to name a few, as well.
This influence is likely the most valuable part of the slush fund because with it Putin is able to apply pressure to have sanctions lifted, assassinate his enemies in western countries without fear of reprisal, and ensure that the armies of the west will stand down while he does things like invade Crimea, take over American bases in Syria, and steal resources from enemies and allies alike.
As for straight up money laundering, do not forget that the Russian oligarchs have purchased a number of Trump properties and are big investors in his golf resorts, hotels, and other businesses promoting his brand.
So is the Trump Administration using the West as Putin’s own slush fund?
Does a bear shit in the woods?
(They do, I’ve stepped in it.)