On Monday, the lingering story from the 2016 election aftermath was given new life when FBI director James Comey admitted there was a criminal investigation into the Russian hacking efforts also involving associates of the Trump campaign. However a few hours before that, a big-shot Russian real estate mogul bragged about his near-constant access to the Trump family.
Emin Agalarov is a Russian pop singer who is also the son of one of the richest people in Russia. He also buys and sells real estate, which is how he knows the Trumps.
As he tells Forbes:
Among Agalarov’s most striking claims: that he and his billionaire developer father, Aras, had plans to build a Trump Tower in Russia that would now likely be under construction had Trump not run for office; that he has maintained contact with the Trump family since the election, and has exchanged messages with Donald Trump Jr. as recently as January; and that President Trump himself sent a handwritten note to the Agalarovs in November after they congratulated him on his victory.
“Now that he ran and was elected, he does not forget his friends,” Agalarov says.
Their relationship began in 2012 when they helpd Trump bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow. They paid him $7 million in licensing fees to host the event. However the real prize was to work out the licensing deal with the Trump Organization that was the hallmark of that organization in its post-The Apprentice incarnation. They wanted their own “Trump tower.”
“We thought that building a Trump Tower next to an Agalarov tower—having the two big names—could be a really cool project to execute,” Emin said.
The White House didn’t comment, referring the matter to the Trump Organization. They didn’t comment until after the Forbes interview was published. Their statement did not deny any of the reporting or Emin’s claims of contact with the family. Rather they simply said they don’t own any property in Russia and “the press’ fascination with this narrative is both misleading and fabricated.”
Of course, just like no one said they hacked the voting machines, that’s not the concern. It’s not whether or not they own property in Russia, but rather what their ties and relationships to Russian oligarchs and the government might be.
What do you think? Is this true or is this Russian rich kid just boasting to make himself seem connected to the president of the United States? Share your thoughts, theories, and reactions in the comments below.