Jason Miller, the designated Trump flack for ridiculous denials (he also authored the non-denial, denial regarding The Post’s discovery of self-dealing by Trump’s foundation), insisted Page wasn’t an adviser. However, Trump’s longtime aide Hope Hicks previously said he was an “informal adviser,” and campaign chief Kellyanne Conway on Sunday did not support Miller. All she would say on CNN was that Page was not involved in debate preparation, was not around since she was in charge and any contacts between Page and Russian were not authorized. Hmm.
Trump’s admiration for Putin and pursuit of policies — weakening of NATO, lack of concern about Ukraine, deference to Russia on Syria — are bad enough, raising questions about his knowledge, judgment and affection for totalitarians. If his pro-Putin tendenies are reinforced by Kremlin stooges and by financial self-interest the concerns become much more fundamental: Whose side is he on? Does he put his personal interests above the country’s interests?
Trump falsely portrays Clinton as a globalism supporter while he favors Americanism, insinuating Clinton does not have America’s interests at heart. As usual he is projecting onto others his own faults. Trump is pro-Russia, but more precisely, pro-Trump. He’s adopted the 1930’s isolationist, Hitler-sympathetic “America First” motto. To be accurate, it should be “Trump First.”
What kind of person would use the presidency to make money and bolster an enemy of the United States? Well, the same sort of person who would use charitable donations to buy a 6 foot painting of himself.