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And then, this happens...

Just after the news that a secret CIA memo says that Putin and the Russians worked secretly to get Trump elected President,  it leaks that The Donald is apparently about to appoint a Secretary of State with strong ties to Putin.

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson negotiated a $500 billion energy deal with Russia. He was thereupon awarded the Russian Order of Friendship, the highest award the Russians award to foreign nationals. The deal was delayed because of sanctions put on Russia by the United States due to the invasion of Ukraine. The Secretary of State would be in a position to remove those sanctions.

This is what John McCain has to say about the prospect of Tillerson being appointed.

Evan McMullin has gone so far as to suggest that the President- elect is not a loyal American. While that might be going a little far, it's hard to avoid one of the many points which the American people chose to ignore last month when they elected Trump: that his companies are $650 billion in debt, much of it to Russia and China! As Donald Jr. said in 2008,“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

ADDENDUM: Amazingly, Trump supporters are arguing that because the debts are corporate rather than personal, there's nothing wrong with companies owned by the President of the United States being possibly hundreds of billions of dollars in debt to interests aligned with the enemies of his country. After all, they say, the worst they can do is force the companies into bankruptcy, and Trump has done that six times already!

The longer this Trump nightmare continues, the more convinced I am that the entire nation has been plunged into one of the more bizarre episodes of the Twilight Zone. Trump was right: if he committed cold blooded murder at high noon on Fifth Avenue in New York, his supporters would still support him.


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