On Friday, CNN’s Don Lemon had Seth Hettena, author of Trump/Russia: A Definitive History, to discuss Hettena’s extensive reporting on the subject of the Trump family’s business dealings in Russia, including the Trump Tower Moscow deal.
“This was sort of your ‘I told you so’ moment,” Lemon said by way of introduction.
“You know, you said it at the outset, right. This is about money. And Trump has been chasing Russian money forever, since 1987 he’s been going to the Soviet Union… and it just has never stopped,” Hettena said.
Lemon asked Hettena about reports that Mueller is intensely focusing on the roles of Don Jr. and Ivanka in the Moscow project.
“How deeply are the children involved in all of this?” Lemon asked.
“Well, they’re involved. You know, this hasn’t gotten much discussion, but Ivanka picked the architect for the Trump World Tower. In the letter of intent, it said that there is going to be a spa by Ivanka in the building. Don Jr. was involved. He was a kind of a go-between between the family and Russia. So I think the kids are probably even more involved than Trump himself,” Hettena said.
“Don Jr. has testified to the house,” Hettena said. “Devin Nunes hasn’t released any of those transcripts but those things are going to come out, and it’s going to be interesting to see what’s in those things.”
How did the Trumps end up in this mess with Russia? Hettena said it was because people in other countries didn’t want to do business with the Trumps.
“Trump is not going to be welcomed in London. Canada is not going to be embracing him. But Russia, where there’s bigger than life characters, Trump is like a natural fit. And I think he goes where he feels accepted and loved, and I think he’s always felt accepted in Russia,” he said. “Trump comes from this New York kind of rough and tumble world, and I think that’s the way business is done in Moscow. And I think, you know, he likes to live large, and that’s what Russians do… Trump doesn’t like to play by the rules, he doesn’t like to pay taxes. He doesn’t like to do business the way it’s — you know, under rules. In Russia, the rules can be bent if you know the right people, if you have the right connections. Yeah, I think that’s a natural fit for Trump.”
‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman
One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.
Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.
Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.
Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution
CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.
"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."
Trump-loving “hate group” leader struggles to defend chauvinism during CNN interview on Portland chaos
Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the scene of another far-right mobilization by groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer.
Tarrio had traveled from Miami to take part in the far-right rally in Portland and appeared to be wearing body armor.