New book claims KGB started grooming 'vain and greedy' Trump forty years ago

'His vanity, excessive. Narcissism, excessive. Greed, excessive,' an ex-KGB agent says in the book. 'Trump was a dream for KGB officers looking to develop an asset'

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A new book makes shocking claims that Russia’s KGB started grooming Donald Trump 40 years ago, repeatedly saving him from financial ruin, and that when the reality-show entrepreneur became U.S. president in 2017, it was time for him to repay the favour.

Investigative reporter Craig Unger’s new book also alleges that Trump established further ties to Russia during his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, the Daily Mail reports. The deceased sex offender allegedly relied on the same Russian pimps who supplied women to oligarchs with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Trump was a dream for KGB officers looking to develop an asset,” Yuri Shvets, a former KGB major living in the U.S., is quoted as saying in the book. “Everybody has weaknesses. But with Trump it wasn’t just weakness. Everything was excessive. His vanity, excessive. Narcissism, excessive. Greed, excessive. Ignorance, excessive.”

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The press release for American Kompromat: How The KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, And Related Tales Of Sex, Greed, Power, And Treachery describes the book as “a story of dirty secrets, and the most powerful people in the world.”

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Unger, who has written for The New Yorker, Esquire Magazine and Vanity Fair among others, has written previous bestselling books about questionable connections between world elites, two of which include, House Of Bush, House Of Saud, and House Of Trump, House Of Putin.

Kompromat is Russian for “compromising information” and the term, which originated in the Stalin era, is used to refer to compromising material that can be used to threaten or blackmail a politician or other public figure. These Kompromat operations can also leverage power “by appealing to what is for some the most prized possession of all: their vanity,” the press release says. “From Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein, kompromat operations documented the darkest secrets of the most powerful people in the world and transformed them into potent weapons.”

People have long speculated about why Trump was so friendly with Putin, and Unger’s books asks: “Was Donald Trump a Russian asset? Just how compromised was he? And how could such an audacious feat have been accomplished?”

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Unger says his book is based on exclusive interviews with dozens of high-level sources, including former officers in the CIA, former FBI counterintelligence agents and former Soviet KGB agents, including Shvets.

In the book, Shvets says the KGB “began cultivating Trump as a prospective asset” in the early 1980s, the Daily Mail reports.

“When people start talking about Trump’s ties to the KGB or Russian intelligence, some are looking for this super-sophisticated masterplan, which was designed decades ago and finally climaxed with Trump’s election as president of the United States,” Shvets said, but the KGB didn’t actually know whether their investment would pay off.

“That’s the way the KGB sometimes operated. It was like throwing spaghetti against the wall and seeing what would stick,” Unger writes.

All of Trump’s business relationships in Russia and ties to oligarchs are “part of a long, ongoing Russian intelligence operation” approved by the Kremlin, Unger writes.

Trump allegedly first came to the KGB’s attention in 1980, when he opened the Grand Hyatt hotel, his first major Manhattan real estate project.

He visited Joy-Lud Electronics to buy hundreds of television sets for the hotel, but the small discount store was actually a front for the KGB, and Shvets says he is “99 per cent” sure the shop owners gave Trump’s details to the KGB.

Unger writes that, for the Soviets, Trump’s “most appealing quality” was his personality — “vain, narcissistic, highly susceptible to flattery, and greed,” the Daily Mail reports. “Deeply insecure intellectually, highly suggestible, exceedingly susceptible to flattery, Trump was anxious to acquire some real intellectual validation — and the KGB would be more than happy to humor him.”

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Unger’s book details numerous examples of times Trump benefitted financially from rich Russians tied to the KGB.

For example, Tamir Sapir, a partner in Joy-Lud electronics, allegedly helped bail out the Trump SoHo development in New York and Putin-linked mobsters allegedly laundered money by buying luxury Trump condos with cash.

In an excerpt published in Vanity Fair, Unger details how Trump and Epstein became friends and eventually fell out in 2004 when Trump outbid Epstein for a 62,000-square-foot mansion in Palm Beach that was being sold at a bankruptcy auction. Trump later sold the property for a profit. Epstein allegedly threatened to sue Trump, who allegedly retaliated by urging the Palm Beach Police Department to start an investigation into Epstein’s relationships with young girls in 2005.

“Their friendship frayed beyond repair, Epstein became less discreet as the keeper of Trump’s secrets and was not averse to showing off potentially compromising photos of him and Trump. An associate of Epstein’s who asked not to be identified told me that Epstein showed him one photo of Trump with a topless young girl,” Unger writes.

Unger also speculated that Russia’s Federal Security Service, the main successor agency to the Soviet Union’s KGB, may have attained “kompromat” material from among Epstein’s alleged collection of compromising photos and videos of his famous friends and young women, the Daily Mail reports.

Trump has not responded to any of the allegations in the book.

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