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‘They literally own him’: Wall Street expert explains how Russian banks could use Trump’s debt as leverage

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A noted Wall Street expert joined MSNBC anchor Ari Melber to discuss the implications of reports President Donald Trump may have had his debt sold to Russian interests.

“You can buy just about anything on the global markets these days,” Melber noted. “And you can buy debt.”

“What if Kremlin banks bought Trump’s debt to get leverage over him?” Melber wondered

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Melber read a quote from Reuters, which reads, “A U.S. official with knowledge of Mueller’s probe said one reason for the subpoenas was to find out whether Deutsche Bank may have sold some of Trump’s mortgage or other loans to Russian state development bank VEB or other Russian banks that now are under U.S. and European Union sanctions.”

To explain the details, Melber brought on Bill Cohen, the Why Wall Street Matters author who has worked with three of the largest banks on Wall St.

“If this is true, if this Reuters report is true, that a Russian bank has bought Donald Trump’s debt, that is big news,” Cohen explained. “That’s huge news, because that gives a Russian bank leverage over Donald Trump. Direct leverage.”

“And then they literally own him,” Melber replied.

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“Literally. Donald Trump owes a Russian bank, which has not been disclosed on any of his financial disclosure forms,” Cohen noted.

“We know Deutsche Bank is basically the only bank that will loan him money and now if they’re on-selling his debt to a Russian bank, that’s a stunning development,” Cohnen concluded.

“Sometimes I wonder if this is a big, complex mystery or if it is right here in front of us,” Melber noted, playfully dropping his notes onto the desk in front of him.

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‘Morrison in the USA sucking up to Trump’: Aussies furious to see prime minister campaigning for Trump

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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared at a rally in Ohio Sunday, prompting Aussies to complain that it's unacceptable for their leader to be campaigning for Trump.

Trump invited himself to a Houston, Texas rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he tried to campaign for the U.S. president with Indian-American voters. Sadly, however, nearly 80 percent of Indian-American voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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