The famous Las Vegas tourism ad campaign slogan “What happens here, stays here” may have become part of the culture by inspiring an Usher song and the Hangover movies trilogy, but it does not seem to apply to conversations between a Russian operative and a billionaire New York real estate developer running for President.
Mariia Butina, 29, was arrested on Sunday for conspiracy to act as a secret agent of the Russian Federation within the United States.
Butina spoke with Donald Trump in Las Vegas in July of 2015, shortly after he began his presidential bid.
At the FreedomFest libertarian convention, the alleged foreign agent managed to get a favorable public response to a request to end “damaging” sanctions that were imposed after Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea.
The video was uncovered by Mother Jones magazine in March.
“I am visiting from Russia,” Butina told the candidate.
“Ahhhhh, Putin!” Trump replied. “Good friend of Obama, Putin. He likes Obama a lot. Go ahead.”
“My question will be about foreign politics,” Butina continued. “If you will be elected as president, what will be your foreign politics especially in the relationships with my country? And do you want to continue the politics of sanctions that are damaging of both economy [sic]?” Butina asked. “Or you have any other ideas?”
“I know Putin, and I’ll tell you what, we get along with Putin… I believe I would get along very nicely with Putin, OK?” Trump answered.
“I don’t think you’d need the sanctions. I think we would get along very, very well,” Trump said.
Newspapers across the US blast Trump for ‘unapologetically racist, xenophobic spew’
All across the country the nation's local newspapers are blasting President Donald Trump's latest round of "anti-American" racism. In Bangor, Maine and Los Angeles, California, in Syracuse, New York, Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, editorial boards are denouncing what is now day three of the President's blatant racism, nativism, white nationalism, and white supremacist attacks against four duly-elected Democratic progressive U.S. Congresswomen.
Alabama GOP Senate candidate bitterly complains TV has been ruined by showing too many ‘homosexual activities’
Alabama Republican Senate candidate John Merrill this week complained that he doesn't enjoy watching television anymore due to the excess amount of "homosexual activities" that appear on his screen.
In an interview with AL.com, Merrill said that the lack of positive moral content on television these days has led to a decline in the nation's morality.
"There’s no more TV shows like ‘Gunsmoke’ or ‘Bonanza’ or ‘The Virginian’ or ‘I Love Lucy’ or ‘Andy Griffith,'" he said "People are too interested in homosexual activities. They’re too interested in the wife-swap TV shows and the shows that are not morally uplifting. That’s the problem."
US manufacturing sinks into recession amid Trump’s trade wars
US manufacturing sunk into recession in June after two consecutive quarters of declines amid President Donald Trump's bitter trade wars, a slowdown in China and other trading partners.
The decline comes as the United States enters its 11th year of economic recovery and occurs despite Trump's constant pledges to restore America to manufacturing greatness -- even though services now drive three quarters of the US economy.
Despite jumping in June, manufacturing fell by a 2.2 percent annual rate in the April-June period, and total industrial production lost 1.2 percent, in both cases the second consecutive quarterly decline, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday.