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For decades, Donald Trump has relied on Russian money to bail him out after repeated business failures. Meanwhile, as liberal “color revolutions” threatened Vladimir Putin’s rise to power, he developed a strategy of “hybrid warfare” to sow discord and dissent in western democracies. By the time Trump decided to run for president, his relationships with powerful Russian figures and admiration for Putin made him a perfect candidate for Russia’s efforts to undermine American democracy—and his campaign was ready and willing to help. Since his victory, Trump has continued to align himself with Putin’s strategic goals, all while his administration attempts to obstruct any investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and his own campaign’s complicity in that effort.

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