Trump un­der­states Rus­sia ties

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - WORLD NEWS - Jeff Hor­witz, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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WASH­ING­TON — On the de­fen­sive over con­nec­tions be­ing made be­tween him­self and Rus­sia, Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day re­peat­edly stated that he has no busi­ness ties with that coun­try. On Twit­ter and at a news con­fer­ence in New York, Trump said, “I have no deal­ings with Rus­sia. I have no deals that could hap­pen in Rus­sia, be­cause we’ve stayed away. And I have no loans with Rus­sia.” While Trump nei­ther owns nor li­censes his name to prop­er­ties in Rus­sia, it’s not for lack of try­ing. He and his chil­dren have not “stayed away,” as he said, but have reg­u­larly ex­pressed in­ter­est in pur­su­ing projects there since the Soviet era. The deal­ings that Trump has had with Rus­sian na­tion­als have been trans­ac­tional — sell­ing a Palm Beach man­sion to a Rus­sian oli­garch for $95 mil­lion, for ex­am­ple, or tak­ing the Miss Uni­verse beauty pageant to Moscow in 2013. “Al­most all the oli­garchs were in the room,” Trump said of the pageant visit in re­marks to Real Es­tate Weekly. But though Trump and Rus­sian de­vel­op­ers have an­nounced col­lab­o­ra­tions in the past, those never got off the ground.

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