Quantcast
Connect with us

Trump’s former business associates have no doubt believing president’s guilt in the Ukraine scandal: report

Published

on

President Donald Trump has been accused by multiple witnesses of withholding military aid from Ukraine to pressure its government to announce an investigation of Joe Biden, and none of his associates are surprised.

The president’s former employees and White House officials agreed the scheme sketched out by impeachment inquiry witnesses sounds like the guy they worked with in both real estate and government, reported Politico.

ADVERTISEMENT

“He does nothing without a quid pro quo,” said one former White House official. “Nothing. Whatever deal has got to be to his advantage.”

Trump’s private sector associates say he hasn’t changed since moving into the White House.

“He’s used to getting what he wants and he’s a tough street guy,” said Billy Procida, a former vice president for the Trump Organization. “He’s been dealing with subcontractors his whole life. You know what it’s like to deal with subcontractors? They’re all terrorists. They all want more money for the job and then you’ve got to fight them and say, ‘Okay, quid pro quo, I’m going to give you this, you do that, I’ll give you this, you do that, if you don’t do this, I’m going to do that.’”

Another former White House official said the summary of Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky sounds like conversations he’s had with other foreign leaders.

“He treats a lot of conversations and a lot of negotiations, including with foreign leaders, along those lines,” said that former White House official. “‘What is it that you want? Here’s what we want.’ How can we find a way to reach some kind of deal or accommodation where we both get what we want but in particular where I, representing the U.S., get what I want.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump repeated his request for Ukraine, as well as China, to announce an investigation of Biden in a news conference on the White House lawn, and former administration officials weren’t surprised.

“He’s very direct from the beginning about what he wants,” said a former administration official. “You’re not wondering about what he wants or what the end goal is … Then he’ll hammer at it, so it’s clear that the person understands it and then that every time he speaks to that person, it will be repeated until whatever goal is achieved.”

Trump’s associates also believe the president most likely pressed Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden more times than have been revealed by impeachment witnesses, and they agree he’ll make similar offers to Republican senators to protect him from the constitutional process.

ADVERTISEMENT

“He would just never take no for an answer if he wanted something,” said Barbara Res, a former vice president for the Trump Organization.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Katie Porter demands resignation of Trump small business chief for enabling ‘abuse’ of Covid-19 relief funds

Published

on

California Congresswoman Katie Porter is demanding the resignation of the Trump administration's small business chief for enabling "abuse" and "waste" of coronavirus relief funds and refusing to comply with basic government oversight efforts.

Porter's call came after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report last week that it "encountered the most difficulty trying to obtain information from the Small Business Administration (SBA)" during the process of examining the Trump administration's handling of the $650 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Continue Reading

2020 Election

‘We’ve got to get a new guy’: Florida Trump voters lash out at the president as they flee the GOP

Published

on

In interviews with CNN's Jeff Zeleny, longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 admitted they have no intention of helping him stay in office when they vote in November.

With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.

According to retired banker John Dudley, 77, he voted for Trump last election and the president promptly "blew it."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Woman behind anti-mask event has also shared image against washing hands amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Published

on

A woman has inspired an "unmasked shopping event" in Washington state after she was confronted in a grocery store for not wearing a mask. The irate shopper also doesn't appear to be a fan of vaccinations or handwashing.

"You're harassing me," Aubree Stone says in the video, as an employee of the grocery store asks her and her family to leave for refusing to wear a face covering.

"Get away from me and my child," Stone adds. "I cannot believe that you have the gall and the nerve to try and make somebody do something outside of their own will."

"It is a private business, would you like to see the law?" the employee, who identified herself as a manager, responds in the video.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image