Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, December 20, 2018

A new book detailing President Donald Trump's dealings with Russia claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave Trump a mysterious gift in 2013 following the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow that year. According to an excerpt from "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump" by Yahoo News investigative journalist Michael Isikoff and Mother Jones reporter David Corn, Trump had eagerly hoped Putin would attend the 2013 Miss Universe pageant that Trump hosted in the Russian capital.

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To Trump's apparent dismay, an oligarch close to Putin, Dmitry Peskov, told Trump that the president wouldn't be able to make it, but invited Trump to attend the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi and told him that Putin had a gift he wanted to give him.

After the pageant was over, the daughter of another Russian oligarch, Aras Agalarov, delivered a package for Trump to the Miss Universe office in New York City. The package was apparently the gift Putin had mentioned, and contained a polished black box that contained sealed letter from the Russian president himself. The contents of the letter remain unknown to this day.

Trump's ambitions in Moscow According to "Russian Roulette," Agalarov was partially responsible for arranging accommodations for Trump's pageant in Moscow with Putin's approval, and Trump was excited to use this as a way into the Russian real estate market. Following the pageant's conclusion, it seemed like things were looking up for Trump's business aspirations in the Russian capital.

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