NYMAG’s claim that Donald Trump was “recruited” by the KGB in 1987 during a visit to Moscow to try to build a hotel continues to make waves on social media. The wild accusation was just too much for some Twitter users.
NY Mag’s article, titled “What if Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987,” alleges that political statements made by the real estate mogul in the late 1980s seemed to be “built around themes that dovetailed closely with Soviet foreign-policy goals.”
The article claimed (without offering any substantive proof) that the Kremlin might have gained dirt on Trump during his 1987 or 2013 Moscow trips, and argued (again based on conjecture) that the businessman may have been reluctant to publish his tax returns ahead of the 2016 election due to what were effectively “bribes” from Russia in the form of property purchases by wealthy individuals who happened to be from the former USSR.
The article suggested that Russia had the perfect “motive to engineer a caper like this,” mentioned in the long-discredited “Steele dossier,” created by a former British intelligence agent working for the Democratic National Committee, and discussed how Trump’s foreign policy supposedly serves Russia’s interests (notwithstanding the fact that Trump’s White House has bombed Syria, expanded sanctions, closed Russian consulates, expelled Russian diplomats, expanded NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe, and started a…