British spy chief claims Trump borrowed Russian cash to rescue business

PUBLISHED: 12:59 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 13 April 2017

File photo dated 27/01/17 of Donald Trump who will snub the White House press corps and not attend the annual correspondents' dinner traditionally addressed by US presidents.

File photo dated 27/01/17 of Donald Trump who will snub the White House press corps and not attend the annual correspondents' dinner traditionally addressed by US presidents.

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A former MI6 chief has called the allegations of contact between Trump’s team and Moscow “unprecedented”

A top British spook has suggested Donald Trump has deep financial links back to Russia which could return to haunt the US President.

Ex-MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove claimed the President borrowed money from Russian lenders to keep his property empire afloat. He added that suspicion around these links to Moscow may “linger” for Trump.

The President has strenuously denied any business links with Russia, insisting that the country had no “leverage” over him.

Sir Richard said the allegations surrounding members of Trump’s team over contact with the Russian government were “unprecedented”.

Speaking to Prospect magazine, he added: “What lingers for Trump may be what deals – on what terms – he did after the financial crisis of 2008 to borrow Russian money when others in the West apparently would not lend to him.”

Days before his inauguration in January, Trump tweeted: “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”

Trump came to power pledging to build bridges with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, but the conflict in Syria has dealt a blow to those aspirations.

US air strikes in retaliation for Moscow-backed Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons have contributed to relations between Washington and Moscow falling to what Trump claimed may be an “all-time low”.

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