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Friday, January 13, 2017

Has Trump Become Adelson’s “Perfect Little Puppet”?

Has Trump Become Adelson’s “Perfect Little Puppet”?

by Jim Lobe and Eli Clifton
Amid continuing controversy over whether and how much Donald Trump owes his election to Vladimir Putin, it seems pertinent to ask whether he has other IOUs outstanding.
Although his consistent praise of the Russian leader—and now his angry denials about the allegations contained in the notorious “Kompromat” dossier—has dominated media attention, a major change during the campaign in Trump’s views concerning Israel and its government’s drive to expand settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank has gotten almost no press at all. That such a change may have been encouraged by the man who turned out to be his biggest financial supporter by far has been largely overlooked. On Thursday, Sheldon Adelson visited the president-elect in Trump Tower, and yet still the media hasn’t taken note.
After all, it was nearly 15 months ago, in October 2015, that Trump complained in a tweet that, “Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to [Marco] Rubio because he feels he can mold him into the perfect little puppet. I agree!”
The tweet’s lack of context made it unclear why Trump believed Adelson wanted to use Rubio. But it’s no secret that, as Newt Gingrich has said, the multi-billionaire casino magnate’s “central value” is unconditional support for Israel, particularly its right-wing leader, Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. And, indeed, Rubio appeared to be the favorite of hardline pro-Israel neocons—some of whom have benefited from Adelson’s largesse—amid the crowded GOP presidential field.

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