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>> I have no loans in Russia. I don't have any deals in Russia.>> Since the campaign, President Trump has downplayed his business ties with Russia. But in the United States, members of the Russian elite have invested in Trump. A Reuters review has found that 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought over $98 million worth of property in seven Trump branded luxury towers in Southern Florida.
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Reuters investigative reporter Nathan Lane has the story.>> I think broadly we found kind of three groups of people. We found the people that you would consider kind of upper crust of Russian society, a very wealthy people. And the kind of the second group were kind of regional politicians that had become wealthy and wanted to invest in the US.
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And the third group I should say, are kinda normal, I wouldn't say normal Russians, but Russians with a little bit of money but not necessarily very wealthy. But enough money to invest in property in the US.>> Trump struck a deal in 2001 with a local American developer named Gil Dezer to construct six luxury towers in the Florida beach town of Sunny Isles.
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The properties would bear Trump's name, but be operated by Dezer under a licensing agreement.>> So typically what happens when you develop these properties and Trump puts his name on the property, he is getting a cut of the initial sale, a certain percentage 1, 2, 3%. We don't know exactly what the percentage was and that's not insignificant, I mean this is millions of dollars that is flowing to the Trump organization.
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>> In interviews Russians who bought into the Trump buildings said they did so to safeguard their money from instability and corruption in Russia or because it was a good investment And there might be even more Russian money in his properties as Russian millionaires and billionaires sometimes buy condos through LLCs, which can shield your identity.
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This all adds to the Russian intrigue swirling around Trump.>> In the mind of the public that is looking at the situation and wondering what exactly are his ties with Russia? I think this adds to the understanding of that and I think it will add to the ammunition of critiques pushing for him to disclose his tax return.
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And just make as clear as possible what his ties with Russia really are.