Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Trump, was paid $50,000 in speaking fees from a man who nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In what is yet another embarrassing connection between President Trump and Russia, Donald Jr. reportedly spoke at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, according to reporting by the Wall Street Journal. Trump spoke at a conference put on by the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs (CPFA), an organization dedicated to ending the Syrian civil war.
The CPFA doesn’t officially endorse Putin itself; however, its president, Fabien Baussart, is quite enamored by the Russian president. In fact, he nominated Putin in 2016 for the Nobel Peace Prize, stating that Putin should be honored due to his “peacemaking efforts” in Syria.
The news of Donald Jr.’s speech at CPFA won’t do much to assuage President Trump’s critics, with both Democrats and Republicans saying the billionaire real estate mogul’s ties to Vladimir Putin’s government should be investigated by a special prosecutor. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in hot water over misleading the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a sworn testimony.
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.