Putin’s strong-arming of Trump has already begun

Throughout this election cycle, Donald Trump’s pro-Russia and pro-Putin rhetoric seemed to be out-of-character for Republicans; but then again, nothing Trump did throughout the campaign was characteristic of the typical Republican. To me, it seemed fishy that Mr Trump was so eager to appeal to Vladimir Putin and Russia. The intelligence community has long been wary of possible Russian interference that would be benevolent to Mr Trump. Mr Trump’s foreign affairs have so far been nothing but beneficial to Russia; Mr Trump has threatened NATO and pulled ambassadors from every country, often times without filling their posts (every US ambassador around the world is compelled to leave their office by January 20).

The fact that rumors regarding Russia blackmailing Mr Trump are being addressed by intelligence officials speaks for itself. If this were another case of simple “fake news”, we wouldn’t have seen the response that we’ve seen so far. Vice President Joe Biden has confirmed that both himself and President Obama have been briefed on the situation. It is not so far fetched to imagine that Russian intelligence agencies could have potentially damaging information regarding the President-elect. The election of a pro-Russia president comes at a convenient (possibly planned?) time for Russia, as they solidify their illegal presence in the Ukraine.

It is easy to find the connections between the President-elect and potential Russian blackmailing. According to TIME, “several of Trump’s businesses outside of Russia are entangled with Russian financiers inside Putin’s circle.” Similarly, according to the Washington Post, Russian hackers breached the DNC and stole information on Hillary Clinton (with the intention of further damaging her reputation), as well as the “entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump”. With that in mind, is it so preposterous to imagine that Russian intelligence agencies have dirt on the President-elect? The only solution to this foreign sabotage of our most important election is the immediate resignation of President-elect Trump.