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Old 12-30-2016   #281
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President Obama Punishes Russia, at Last

No, Mr. Trump, Americans are not going to forget about Russian hacking.


BUT WAIT.....Trump has repeatedly stated "it was not his friend Putin who hacked the US"...BUT WAIT....NOW his spokesman states "well he is willing to hear from the same intel community he stated did not know what they were saying"......


Nothing like finally backing down and admitting he was maybe wrong...BUT WAIT..he has publicly stated "he is smarter than the entire US IC"......

Appears that just maybe "he is not that smart after all"....
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Donald Trump keeps moving the goal post for economic growth

During the campaign Trump kept repeating..."follow me and you will see 5 and 6% growth over the dismal Obama years...just vote for me as I have these great business ideas for the American worker".........

NOW the economy on it's own via Obama policies hit 3.5% this month AND Trump has not said a single word in his projected growth rates since the election.......

BUT WAIT...his newly appointed Sec. of the Treasury stated this week..."well if we sustain a 3 and 4% growth rate that is excellent news"....

SO did Trump basically lie to the American worker??????

BUT WAIT Trump even took credit for the high level of business confidence that was building under the Obama policies AND he took credit for the American spending of 1T USDs during Christmas....AS a result of his economic policies and YET he is not even President until 20 JAN...

Trump is great about taking credit of others but poor in delivering anything concrete outside of twitter barrages.......

AND those 5000 Sprint jobs that he took credit for delivering to the US worker...WELL they were announced by the investor BACK in APRIL 2016....not in DEC 2016.....

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Default If we don’t resist Russian political warfare, very soon, Putin will win

A challenging article by John Schindler, is President-elect Trump ready for this:
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It’s important to note that while 2016, the year ending today, has been a dreadful one for Westerners who treasure freedom, with Vladimir Putin’s minions clandestinely subverting our politics, even in the United States, we’ve been here before.
Link:http://observer.com/2016/12/donald-t...an-stop-putin/
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A challenging article by John Schindler, is President-elect Trump ready for this:
Link:http://observer.com/2016/12/donald-t...an-stop-putin/

Trump aide says U.S. sanctions on Russia may be disproportionate
http://reut.rs/2iAbDz5

Meet the SednitGroup, aka "Russian hackers" THAT Trump evidently knows more about than even the CIA/NSA and FBI....

http://www.welivesecurity.com/wp-con...set-sednit-par...

AND for those that do not want to really believe it...yes we are at war....
One of the best write ups on the core Russian state sponsored hacking group with ties to SVR/GRU...who was and still is behind major power grid attack and the DNC attack...

US expulsions put spotlight on Russia's GRU intelligence agency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...=share_btn_tw#

Why exposing Putin's wealth would be Obama's best revenge, writes @SSestanovich
http://on.wsj.com/2itxiGw

Trump didn't pay a penny in taxes, used his charity as a personal slush fund, and it didn't stick. Do you think the Russian SVR/GRU are idiots?
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After French Front National, Czech Republic is second example of direct Russian money in top politics.

NYT story:
http://nyti.ms/2iieoUZ
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Trump aide says U.S. sanctions on Russia may be disproportionate
http://reut.rs/2iAbDz5

Meet the SednitGroup, aka "Russian hackers" THAT Trump evidently knows more about than even the CIA/NSA and FBI....

http://www.welivesecurity.com/wp-con...set-sednit-par...

AND for those that do not want to really believe it...yes we are at war....
One of the best write ups on the core Russian state sponsored hacking group with ties to SVR/GRU...who was and still is behind major power grid attack and the DNC attack...

US expulsions put spotlight on Russia's GRU intelligence agency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...=share_btn_tw#

Why exposing Putin's wealth would be Obama's best revenge, writes @SSestanovich
http://on.wsj.com/2itxiGw

Trump didn't pay a penny in taxes, used his charity as a personal slush fund, and it didn't stick. Do you think the Russian SVR/GRU are idiots?
TO those Trump commenters that supported him because he "is smart and knows hacking"......

Wanna appear REALLY knowledgeable? Drop the R in GRU. These days, it's simply called the GU (Glavnoye Upravleniye)
http://structure.mil.ru/structure/mi...gOrganization#

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EXAMPLE....real story that Trump and his advisor of his do not know about the GU....

In the late 70s and early 80s....in the International Herald Tribune the leading American English speaking European newspaper had a series of ads published on a reoccurring basis......for over a one year period

The ad was basic....stated they were looking for paid researchers for specific projects and one had to speak English.....

When one replied it was to a Post Box in Lichtenstein.....if one replied then ne would get a nice letter indicating their interest and what could you suggest for research topics...and they wanted more information on yourself...age....any military experience....education level and any other language abilities and where located in Europe...they were looking for individuals in W Berlin and other major German cities....located near US military bases.....

Then at some point you get a nice letter in the mail coupled with a nice used 50 USD bills usually no more than 3000 USDs and asking you will you are interested in working deeper...with a contact telephone number which if one looked it up was in E Berlin......

Some might say this was a GDR Stasi recruitment attempt..but behind the German voice on the phone was the nicest of Soviet GRU officers you will ever met.....

SO exactly how many young Americans in Europe answered that ad....and were studying aboard during that period AND never reported to US authorities when they returned to the US the recruitment attempts????
So the Trump advisor saying that in tossing out 35 Russian GRU/SVR spies is
inappropriate ABSOLUTELY does not know what he is talking about and that includes Trump himself...

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Dushanbe Probing Claim Taliban Tanks Being Repaired In Tajikistan by Russian Engineers
http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-taliba...28209369.html#
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Foreign Affairs

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The era of neoliberalism is over. The era of neonationalism is beginning.
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First Trump suddenly claims via a tweet that he was far smarter when it comes to hacking than say myself who is in this business and he was going to "reveal what others did not now on Tuesday and or Wednesday"......

The Hill

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Two contrasting viewpoints on Trump and intelligence. First from Lawfare, so an American author and the Editor's note:
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Editor’s Note: The incoming administration's scorn for intelligence professionals is a matter of grave concern to many of us at Lawfare. I, for one, worry that the administration will conduct its foreign policy without understanding the dynamics of foreign governments, their attempts to mislead us, and emerging threats like cyber subversion. Joshua Rovner, a scholar of intelligence at Southern Methodist University, makes me even more concerned. He takes the long view, going beyond the potential for short-term policy catastrophe to explain the long tradition of policymaker suspicion of intelligence and the many potential negative consequences for the intelligence community.
Link:https://www.lawfareblog.com/donald-t...e-intelligence

I do rather like this passage:
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New leaders sometimes view intelligence agencies as bureaucratic obstacles—or worse. Intelligence agencies control secret information, and well-timed leaks can undermine policymakers’ plans or damage their political careers. The fear of intelligence subversion is not entirely unwarranted, given the history of intelligence in the United States and elsewhere. As a matter of self-preservation, presidents and their advisors may prefer to keep intelligence at arm’s length.
Next from India by a professional SME and a "taster":
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Like Trump, Richard Nixon also came to be the president without reading any of CIA’s Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) during transition.
Link:https://www.americanbazaaronline.com...endship-putin/
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Where is Slapout when you need his comments....

There are 100,000+ professional journalists in US. MAYBE *5* are chasing down Trump-Putin collaboration

When the Russian mobster who made Trump president messages you on LinkedIn...

Felix Sater tweeted the author and stated the things you are writing about me are qwrong if you scatch deeper.....wished him and his Family a good Christmas and a NY....highly unusal for a so called Russian investor to do this and not massively push back....and not a subtle threat????

Felix Sater started funneling Russian money to Trump in 2000-when US banks stopped loaning to Trump

Here is New York Times reporting the $12.7 M "off the books" payment from Putin to Trump campaign CEO and not one debate question about this
AUGUST 14 2016

Manafort is still advising Trump-media completely botched following up on his $12M Ukraine ledger payment

Ivanka vacationed with Putins gf this summer. I am still trying to find confirmation that Manafort visited S. Korea Dec/16

Paul Manafort also lives in Trump Tower–again, none of this is a coincidence

Did Manafort pay for his Trump Tower digs with dirty Russian money he was accused of laundering into US real estate?

NOTICE it went extremely quiet for Manafort after the Ukrainian payments were made public ......
After these announcements the Trump campaign stated Manafort was no longer working for them BUT after the election they stated he was still working for them.....

Busted along with Trump partner for sex trafficking–Soviet-born money launderer, major Trump investor, Maskevich

Israeli paper ran a detailed investigation on the sex trafficking ring (Russian, underage) Trump's partner ran

Fugitive Russian mobster Aruif Trump denied knowing was busted for running an illegal gambling, money laundering ring right out of Trump Tower when arresgted by the FBI he had the telephone numbers of Trump and Trump's main Office on him....

Russian mobster/Trump BFF Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov who ran a gambling operation out of Trump Tower.

Meanwhile Tevfik Arik–Putin's pal who brought Trump millions of dollars–was busted in Turkey for running an underage prostitution

KEY NOTES.....
Trump's other partners on SoHo deal? Putin pals Tevfik Arif, ex Deputy Head Soviet Ministry of Commerce and a Soviet emigre, Tamir

Now Sapir sold electronics to KGB agents from his Manhattan storefront and his business partner also happens to be tight with Putin

Kazakh-born Soviet official turned real estate tycoon, Tevfik Arif ran Bayrock/Sapir out of Trump Tower.

Sater worked for him.

Here is Trump with Felix Sater at opening of Trump SoHo which was built with Russian money, brought to Trump by none other than Sater

NOTE.......
Trump denied knowing this person who helped bring millions of Russian dollars to him and is suspected by FBI of being a Russian spy.....
Sergei Millian.......Head of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce....
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If Congress pursues Trump's Russia ties/grooming, his casino money Here is the smoking gun: US Treasury fined Trump's casinos $10 million for "significant, long standing anti-money laundering violations"

$10M money laundering fine levied on Trump was LARGEST PENALTY FinCen-Financial Crimes Enforcement Network-ever levied against a Casino
laundering investigation holds key answers

Fresh look into the casino books would reveal how far back his Russian ties go, activities money laundering supported

Trump's stock greenmailing practices were so odious, specific NV laws were passed to block him

Trump was notorious for a stock purchase practice called greenmailing
Feds fined him $750K for hiding stock purchases

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Didn't Martha Stewart go to jail for less?
We know Trump was getting tax benefits for losing people's investments, but now we have this laundering angle

A coincidence that Trump- projects financed with dirty foreign money–SoHo, Baja, Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, Toronto–all ended in failure?

Oh and just *5 days* before the election another Trump project financed by a Russian billionaire pal of Putin went bust in Canada

Here's NYT on the Trump SoHo fraud lawsuit that Trump settled to hide the dirty Russian money trail via Bayrock
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/us...-soho-settleme...

NOTE...this settled a FEDERAL CRIMINAL CASE.....
Bayrock-Sapir's signature deal-Trump SoHo-was financed with dirty Kazakh money

(more: https://twitter.com/khanoisseur/stat...10053902262274)

Despite glitzy Trump SoHo promos, heavily featuring Ivanka, the deal soured. Trump was sued for fraud.
90% of deposits were returned.

Trump SoHo slipped into foreclosure (Trump still got tens of millions in dirty money), another Russian oligarch poured $95M into him

While the Russians were nursing Trump back into financial health, they were also grooming a man who would become his campaign CEO-Manafort aPro-Putin Trump adviser who gets little to no scrutiny even in the face of Ukrainian actual corruption documents?

Richard Burt-who helped Putin with oil pipeline Obama opposed
While Richard Burt was helping Putin undermine Obama he was also shaping Trump's Russia alignment

REMEMBER....Burt was the one individual who pushed through the RP Platform Committee the anti Ukrainian proRussian RP platform comments...

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Remember the Trump server secretly communicating with Russia's Alfa Bank?
Guy who shaped Trump's Russia alignment–Richard Burt–advises Alfa


Father of Sater, whose Bayrock brought tens of millions of Russian dollars to Trump, worked for Semion @olgaNYC1211
NOW SEE THE TIE IN.....???????

Manafort, claimed the lawsuit, was bankrolled by a Russian mobster (and Putin pal) on FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, Semion Mogilevich


Turns out, Sater worked for Mogilevich and…this next is dizzying
Felix Sater started funneling Russian money to Trump in 2000-when US banks stopped loaning to Trump @citynightcap

One of the most underreported stories: How Russian money powered Trump's financial comeback, helped him win the White House @Suburb_Flamingo

While US media snoozed, Financial Times did reported on how dirty money flowed into Trump @SamSanderson123 @summerbrennan @Suburb_Flamingo

3rd lien on Trump DC Hotel for unpaid bills-familiar story-Trump/brood + Russian financiers cut ribbons, then cut ties with obligations
Spy magazine, April 1991: "Trump referred to those involved with his Resorts deal as 'OC' -- organized crime". cc @Khanoisseur

After fall of USSR, hundreds of KGB officers entered Russian mafia–which made Brighton Beach, Brooklyn–where Sater lived–its US HQ @thoensen

Danny Leung, VP Foreign Marketing at Trump's casino was ID'd by US Senate as member of organized crime/money laundering outfit 14K Triad

Trump also denied he knew LiButti, racist mobster for whom Trump removed black casino staff

Trump denied knowing mobster LiButti who caused him $850K in fines. Video of them together surfaced last month @m_deandream

Trump rails against companies that hoard cash overseas, but he owns stock in 22 out of Top 30 companies that have most cash stashed overseas

Oh look-Trump has a financial stake in parent of company Carrier he just gave $7 million taxpayer dollars .........250,000 USDs to be exact
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BOOM!.....ah the smell of cordite in the early morning air surrounds this.....
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NOW we have an President elect who has taken black money from the Russian mob....has been fined 10M USDs for his casino's laundering foreign money..has done questionable business ventures backed by Russia money and who denies to the end even in the face of the US IC that Russia hacked and influenced his election....

REMEMBER only his surrogates have stated publicly that Trump accepts the IS Russian hacking report....BUT he himself has not issued a single word or tweet to support his surrogates...THUS basically having the wiggle room to still firmly believe it was a 400lb kid on his bed in his bedroom that hacked the poorly internet secured DNC...and he blamed the DNC BTW for this....


18 U.S. Code § 2381 - Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

Trump's illegal business practices...his money laundering for Russian oligarchs..his warm voiced regards for Putin and his constant denial of Russian hacking is placing Trump close to the edge of this Federal Law....

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THIS is exactly why this incoming President is somewhere other than in the US .......AND we seriously here at SWC expect some kind of FP to come from him?????

Trump in gaggle at Trump Tower: "Confirmations are going great." They haven't started yet.

The Office of Government Ethnics which must issue certifications that the individual is free of conflicts has not issued a single certification and the RP wants to start Nomination confirmations??????

Trump's transition is running easily four to six weeks to late to take over smoothly the US government.....AND then he will tweet it was Obama's and Clinton's fault.....

BTW....Yesterday the Office of Government ethnic had to tweet Trump in order to inform him that the law of the land is that no confirmation processes can start until the OGE has issued the individual being confirmed a certification that he and or she is conflict of interests free.....

They had to tweet as the emails they were sending to the Trump transition team were not being answered and yet his surrogates and the Senate Republicans were announcing they were starting the confirmation processes.....WHICH OGE indicates again violates "the law of the land" and cannot be simply ignored by Trump or the RP or the Senate.....

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This proves that Trump has failed to accept the IC Russia Hacking/Influence Ops Report and has used his surrogates to deflect the lack that he has openly and publicly stated he accepts the impact of the report....THEY said he has accepted it....

BUT WAIT...THEN this today.......
NBC's @HallieJackson: “Who do you trust more, Julian Assange or the NSA?”
Trump's response and it is telling.... "We'll talk about that at another time."

SO Trump still rates Assange over the information provided to him by the NSA and CIA....

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Historic reminder—influence ops: a Soviet invention designed to amplify an adversary's internal political divisions

Stasi's Wagenbreth: "A powerful adversary can be defeated only by carefully and methodically exploiting every crack within its own society"

Wagenbreth was a MfS Stasi COL in charge of Department X for over 25 years...Dept X was the influence operations section responsible for operations in western countries...especially Germany and the US...

Department X was created in 1961 and patterned on similar KGB/GRU operations....

GRU ops "aimed at US election" dated to *March* 2016—statement on intention surprisingly early, given April events (Panama Papers; DCL reg)

New details: Russian intelligence got into DNC earlier, maintained access longer than assumed. Note "at least." Crowdstrike report: 14 June.

INTERESTINGLY USG report quotes open source materials...used to cover actual info confirmed by sensitive methods and means...WAs done often in proving Russian troop involvement in eastern Ukraine...first open source reports then USG confirms...that is exactly how open source intelligence is suppose to work...

Even collating the vast forensic detail *already public* as USG can harm sources, trust, practices (eg: by linking this FBI Flash to APT29)

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I have had my differences with John over his comments on Clinton..but in the end he was right...I know him for his reputation as a NSA CI type who worked Europe very effectively for years and someone who holds a PhD in history and who has written a number of very good history books AND who speaks four languages all well...he does not beat around the bush and defends the security of the US to the end.....AND he knows the FSB/GRU very very very well.....

When he writes about Trump and the below Trump/Russian mob information/FSB/GRU then it is coming from IC circles and his personal knowledge....he is virtually challenging Trump to sue him......

John Schindler Verifizierter Account 
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Trump, the Russian Mob, and the FSB https://storify.com/Ayei_Eloheichem/...ob-and-the-fsb
Kicking off with the below tweet - see whole thread - it's time to have an official CI Tweetstorm on this issue

Only so many hints this counterspy can drop, peeps.

1 more: Mogilevich is, ahem, close with RIS+Putin.

Mogilevich met with Bin Ladens Men to sell nuclear material in 2001 Also look into the Bogatin bros Taiwanchik Trincher

Mogilevich, one of FBI's most wanted people...Oh oh. I wonder if Trump won't end up in jail actually.

Another classic IC joke:
Q: What do you call a big-time Russian businessman, a high-ranking Russian spy, and a Russian mob boss?
A: Yuri

There's an old IC joke about Russian organized crime:
"Who do you think organized them?"
Trump being in bed with ROC = in bed with FSB

Not long after Sasha Litvinenko told reporters about Putin's close links to Mogilevich, FSB gave him atomic tea. Another coincidence.

Also, Mogilevich has a very cozy relationship with Putin & his special services, going back to KGB days. They help each other non-stop

The real issue is how Mogilevich made the Trump Org one of his overseas subsidiaries, de facto, back in the 1990s. FBI knows this too

There are literally dozens of Russian OC scams, some gargantuan, that we know were based at Trump properties -- quite a coincidence
Yaponchik/Ivankov -- for 3 years until the FBI caught up with him -- was dividing his time between Trump Tower & Don's Taj Mahal Casino

In 1992, Mogilevich sent a capo to NYC to run his US show. That was Yaponchik AKA Vyacheslav Ivankov, who was murdered in Moscow in 2009

Mogilevich launders money in the West, including the USA, on a gargantuan scale; he is clever and good at this. FBI knows all about it.

Mogilevich is the biggest mob boss in Russia -- maybe the world -- and his capos+footprints are all over the Trump Org since early 1990s

You need to understand real estate finance, and Russian organized crime

AND Russian intelligence...if you do, the picture is quite clear.

Moreover, actually grasping what the Trump Org does -- which Don works hard at anyone getting a look at -- requires a lot of knowledge

MSM has been reluctant to seriously explore Trump's Kremlin ties because Don loves suing everyone. And his Russia mafia pals kill people ALERT
BREAKING:
WELCOME TO THE RUSSIAN WEBSITE OF DONALD J TRUMP
http://donald-trump.ru

The drip drip drip of coming IC leaks will be a death by a thousand cuts and Trump does not believe he can be touched......

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Russia's billionaires are already $29bln richer thanks to @realdonaldtrump:
https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russ...victory-56765#

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Russia’s wealthiest have seen their fortunes grow by $29 billion since the election of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in November, Forbes magazine reported Tuesday.

The country’s elite have seen their combined bank balance grow by 7.1 percent thanks to a rise in stock prices and the rapidly strengthening ruble.

Businessman Gennady Timchenko was among Russia’s wealthy beneficiaries, gaining $1.8 billion from his shares in Russian energy giant Novatek.

Timchenko, a close ally of Russian President Putin with a net worth of $15.1 billion, is believed to hold a 23 percent stake in Novatek. The company’s shares have seen a 16 percent boost since Trump’s shock victory.

Fellow Novatek investor Leonid Mikhelson also saw his net worth grow by an estimated $1.9 billion in the weeks after the election, retaining his title of Russia’s richest man. Mikhelson remains Russia’s richest man, worth $18.2 billion.

Russian billionaires aren’t the only ones to feel the benefit of the Republican candidate’s impending inauguration. According to Forbes, America’s wealthiest have also enjoyed a modest post-Trump boom of 2.8 percent.

The U.S. President-elect himself, who has taken a number of steps to distance himself from his business empire before assuming office, has a net worth of $3.7 billion.
Interesting that this Russian article indicates Trump has distanced himself from his businesses....HE has not done such a move...he keeps saying he will but he does nothing..

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PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE LACK OF INTERNAL TRADE KNOWLEDGE BY TRUMP AND HIS TRANSITION TEAM....

Britain in 'front seat' for U.S. trade deal, top Republican says
http://reut.rs/2j2UZbp

As long as UK is a member of the EU no EU member can conclude a separate trade agreement outside of the EU otherwise heavily penalized via tariff and fines for the amount of trade conducted while a EU member.....

UK knows this and has been repeatedly told that by EU and maybe Trump does not know?????

The earliest UK can do a bilateral trade deal in the first quarter 2020.....

AND then any deal depends on the final trade alignment UK wants with EU...if one market still then that nixes any US deal.....if outside single trade zone then WTO trade rules and tariffs apply otherwise both US/UK could end up in WTO court with heavy costs...
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