President Trump’s son faces increasing scrutiny for colluding with Wikileaks and Russia to swing the 2016 American presidential election. His former campaign chief is under house arrest for “conspiracy against the U.S.,” along with 11 other charges. His Attorney General sits in House hearings today about his amnesia regarding Russian campaign contacts. Donald Trump himself just wore matching blue silk p.j.’s with Vladimir Putin, saying he “believes” Mr. Putin didn’t meddle in the election, despite 17 U.S. intelligence agencies reporting the contrary. To top it all off, the president’s severely depleted State Department, headed by Putin business buddy Rex Tillerson, has today announced that security for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow will be overseen by one retired General Victor Budanov, the former head of the K.G.B. who has ongoing ties to Putin and Russian state security.
The U.S. State Department awarded Budanov’s Elite Security Holdings a $2.8 million contract to “guard” our embassy in Russia’s capital city –less than 3 miles away from the Kremlin.
Russian intelligence has tapped the phones of U.S. diplomats, hacked DNC emails, Hillary Clinton’s emails, and voter systems in 39 states, and ostensibly infiltrated both the Trump campaign and Trump administration. Now that same administration is rewarding Russian intelligence by putting them in charge of our top diplomatic headquarters in their country.
It makes one wonder exactly what kompromat (compromising evidence) Putin has on our president, who doesn’t blush at his own admissions of sexual assault, to make him fold so unequivocally before the hostile foreign power that has threatened America’s national security for more than 70 years.
Imagine the dearth of both patriotism and courage it requires to put in charge of our diplomatic security a sworn American enemy whom The Hill describes thusly:
Budanov, 82, previously led Soviet counterintelligence as the head of the KGB, where he oversaw now-Russian President Vladimir Putin when he was a young intelligence officer.
The former espionage agent worked against Western intelligence agencies during the early years of the Russian Federation under former President Boris Yeltsin.
Earlier this year, Putin ordered the removal of 755 U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia as retaliation for the Magnitsky Act sanctions that were discussed at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Kremlin agents and Trump’s highest aides, including Donald Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chief Paul Manafort.
Meanwhile, Trump has refused to implement the increased sanctions against Russia for interfering in our democratic process that was overwhelmingly passed by both parties in the Senate, and which the president himself signed into law.
By putting Putin’s former KGB boss in charge of embassy security in Russia, Trump’s State Department is essentially handing over the keys to the kingdom.