Scarborough: Trump Never Thought He Would Win, Just Wanted To Make Money

President Trump ran for office to “take the money and run,” not because he expected to be successful, according to the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Donald Trump never thought he was going to win the presidency,” the commentator, Joe Scarborough, declared on Tuesday’s show. “This was all a money-making scam. He thought Jeb Bush was going to beat him.” The host alleged that Trump wanted to use a White House bid as leverage “to get that tower in Moscow.” The remark was a reference to the news that, during the 2016 race, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen tried to get Russian leader Vladimir Putin to help the real-estate mogul develop a building in the former Soviet Union’s capital city.

Trump’s real-estate business and its investors inked a letter of intent to erect the tower, but called off the project when they could not obtain the desired property and required permits. Pointing to the expanding scandal concerning Trump’s links to Russia, Scarborough told viewers: “It just keeps going. You just keep thinking, ‘OK, well, they couldn’t have done anything dumber than this.’”

The Hill noted that during his campaign, Trump often called “Morning Joe” while the program was on the air to weigh in on the events of the day. His relationship with Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski deteriorated when the commentators began slamming him. Scarborough, a former Republican member of Congress, reacted to Trump winning the GOP presidential nomination in July by announcing he was leaving the party.

The revelation about Cohen contacting a Putin operative came in documents obtained Monday by lawmakers in the House of Representatives who are investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The Washington Post reported that Cohen, the Trump Organization’s executive vice president, emailed Kremlin official Dmitry Peskov about the construction project in January 2016.

The message stated: “Over the past few months, I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower — Moscow project in Moscow City. Without getting into lengthy specifics, the communication between our two sides has stalled. As this project is too important, I am hereby requesting your assistance. I respectfully request someone, preferably you, contact me so that I might discuss the specifics as well as arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals. I thank you in advance for your assistance and look forward to hearing from you soon.”

Cohen claims he never got an answer to his email, and that the company scrapped the project later that month. “It should come as no surprise that, over four decades, the Trump Organization has received and reviewed countless real-estate development opportunities, both domestic and international,” the lawyer told the Post. “The Trump Moscow proposal was simply one of many development opportunities that the Trump Organization considered and ultimately rejected.”

The president’s critics claim that Cohen’s email is just the latest proof that Trump and his associates were working with the Russians during the White House race. Numerous members of the president’s campaign and administration have met with Kremlin representatives in the past two years.

Source: The Hill
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