RUSSIA/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP FAMILY: “Felix Sater, the Russian-born onetime business associate of Donald Trump’s who worked to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, says the then-business magnate asked him to ‘look after’ his kids when they were pursuing business deals in Russia.
Sater told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on ‘New Day’ Friday [3-9-18] that Trump had personally asked him to travel to Russia to be in Moscow with his children… The Trump Organization’s general counsel has said previously Sater was not accompanying the Trump children in Moscow. And Trump himself has downplayed his connections to Sater… Sater, a mob-linked felon turned FBI informant, is speaking out now after he has figured prominently amid questions about Trump’s connections to Russia for his role in trying to land a Trump Tower in Moscow in late 2015 and early 2016, while the presidential campaign was underway.
Trump signed a letter of intent on the Moscow deal, which was a nonbinding agreement, but the venture was ultimately scuttled in 2016.
Sater worked with Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen on the deal, and emails exchanged between the two show that Sater thought the deal could ‘get Donald elected,’ according to The New York Times. Sater also suggested he could get Russian President Vladimir Putin to say ‘great things’ about Trump if the deal went through, according to The Washington Post… Sater denied there was ever any money exchanged or any effort to build a relationship between Putin’s allies and the Trump Organization as part of the project.”
-Jeremy Herb, “Businessman says Trump sent him to Russia to ‘look after’ his kids,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Mar. 16, 2018 10:18am