The Russian Love Goes Way Back

With all the talk about our administration’s mysterious love of all things Russian (maybe he should read my book!), I thought I would repost one of my newspaper blogs regarding “he who shall not be named” and the Soviets. I had a particular article in mind, which was printed in the New York Daily News on December 7, 1988 when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev visited New York City. It turned out that I only tweeted about the stopover in the Big Apple rather than blogged about it.

Apparently, The Orange Donald’s love affair with the Russians goes back at least thirty-one years. According to a Washington Post article written in 1986, Trump lunched with the current Soviet Ambassador to the U.N., Yuri Dubinin, where among other things, he discussed “building a large luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin.” The following year, he flew to Moscow with his then-wife Ivana, where he met with top economic and financial advisors and toured several potential sites.

In 1988, President Reagan invited our new president to the White House (was he already imagining himself there?), where Donald Trump finally met Gorbachev and discussed both economic and interests .

When he later learned of Gorby’s visit to New York City, Trump extended an invitation to tea at the Plaza, followed by a tour of Trump Tower. To make Gorbachev feel more at home, he ordered the Soviet flag to be flown from The Plaza Hotel, which Donald had recently acquired.

Sadly, Mr. and Mrs. Gorbachev never made it to the tea or lunch, but Trump saw him later at dinner at the Soviet Mission. Now all these years later, as  President of the United States (for now), he is still tangled in the Russian web.

The article I found in my father’s newspaper collection was prophetic, stating that “The penthouse was ready. Important talks were to take place. Donald would’ve revealed his plans for a Trump Tower Azerbaijan. On the table, plans to move the arms talk out of Geneva, into Trump Plaza, Atlantic City.”

When this article was written, it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Who knew how close to reality it would someday be!

And by the way, the Tour de Trump is not fake news. It happened. Google it!

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About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as ancestry.com, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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