By Linda Hornig
Donald Trump’s obsession with Russia reaches back as far as 1986, according to Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bernard Lown, a Boston-area cardiologist who shared his 1985 Peace Prize with a top Soviet physician. Both were honored that year for their efforts to promote denuclearization. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter recently, Lown revealed that Trump tracked him down soon after to pump him for information on Russia and his meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev.
“He already had Russia mania in 1986, 31 years ago,” claims Lown, and he needed to convince Ronald Reagan to post him to the USSR for negotiating a nuclear disarmament deal, a job for which the already delusional Mr. Trump felt he was innately qualified.
In July 1987, Trump made his first trip to Moscow, meeting Gorbachev ostensibly to discuss the possible development of luxury hotels, while disclosing his personal views on nuclear disarmament. That Sept. 2, he spent nearly $100,000 to place full-page ads in three major US newspapers criticizing US foreign policy and aggressively attacking NATO. Was Trump funding them, or were the Soviets?
The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, but Trump’s treasonous interactions with Russia were just beginning.