Donald Trump Jr. is paid at least $50,000 to attend a private event paid for by a French think tank known to be a front for Russian intelligence.
The 30-person event at the Ritz Hotel in Paris is hosted by the Center for Political and Foreign Affairs (CFPA), which France’s own intelligence agency has assessed as a Russian influence operation.
The couple in charge of CFPA and the event are Fabien Baussart, an oligarch who once nominated Vladimir Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize, and his partner Randa Kassis (pictured), a former model from Syria who advocates for Russian intervention in her home country. Both are friends of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Renaud Girard, a moderator for the event Don Jr. attends, tells ABC News afterwards that Baussart and Kassis “are openly linked with the Russians. They don’t hide it at all.”
Kassis openly admits that she shared details about the meeting with Russian officials.
Kassis also posted on Facebook after Trump won the election, letting her friends and associates know that she expects the new administration to help Russia in Syria. Russian intervention in Syria is often marketed as fighting ISIS, but most military action has been aimed at other groups and resulted in countless civilian casualties.
This is not the first time and won’t be the last time that agents of Russia pass messages to Donald Trump through his offspring and associates.
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Craig Unger, American Kompromat (2021), p.15-17
Photo: Randa Kassis (Cropped & Color Edited)