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Russian Media Suggesting The Kremlin Could Grant Trump Asylum To Escape Prosecution In US


Russian Media Suggesting The Kremlin Could Grant Trump Asylum To Escape Prosecution In US

Several Russian state media programs have floated the possibility that outgoing President Donald Trump could seek asylum in Russia to escape any prosecution in the United States, reports The Daily Beast.

“Russian state media—a reliable barometer of the mood at the Kremlin—remains fixated on election-related events in America,” the Beast reports. “Affectionately referring to Donald Trump as ‘our Donald,’ ‘Trumpusha’ and ‘Comrade Trump,’ Russian lawmakers, experts and pundits repeatedly have expressed their concerns about the future of Moscow’s all-time favorite U.S. president.”

The Co-host of Russian state TV news talk show 60 Minutes, Olga Skabeeva, brought up the possibility that Trump would end up seeking asylum in Russia to escape any prosecutions in the United States following the conclusion of his sole presidential term.

“Skabeeva emphasized that this was by no means a joking matter: ‘It’s all very serious,’ she said, as she pondered out loud about the nature of criminal charges Trump might soon be facing,” the report notes.

Meanwhile, “The rabidly anti-American military expert and member of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Public Council, Igor Korotchenko … compared ‘poor Trump’s’ anticipated legal troubles to the Stalinist repressions of 1937,” and “State-controlled RIA Novosti opined that the looming threat of criminal prosecutions is the Democratic Party’s way of ‘spitting at Trump on his way out,’” while “Staunch Kremlin propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov’s Sunday show Weekly News argued that for Trump, pardoning himself is a matter of survival.”

Some Russian figures have even openly given Trump suggestions for how to abuse his office on the way out the door.

“Notorious politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who previously suggested that Putin should milk Trump like a cow before he is forced to leave office, enumerated actions he hoped Trump would undertake prior to his departure: recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, leave NATO, withdraw U.S. troops from every place they’re stationed worldwide, arrest disloyal U.S. state governors, refuse to recognize the outcome of the elections, force all states to conduct mandatory recounts, and induce Attorney General Bill Barr to pursue any actions that would benefit Trump,” said the report.

You can read the full report here.


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