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'Vain and greedy’ Trump easy target to Putin as explosive book exposes deadly 40-year plan

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Mr Trump was an object of interest for the KGB and was cultivated as an asset by the Soviet spy agency more than 40 years ago, according to an explosive new book. The astonishing claims are made by Craig Unger in his new book "American Kompromat, How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power and Treachery". Mr Trump's presidency was bedevilled by allegations that the Trump campaign had colluded with Moscow during the 2016 presidential elections.

An exhaustive investigation by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller cleared Mr Trump of any conspiracy with Russia.

Despite this, rumours persisted that the 45th President was a Russian asset and in Mr Putin's pocket.

Mr Unger believes that there is substance to theses rumours, claiming that Mr Trump came to the attention of the KGB back in the 1970s.

He claims that the ruthless Soviet spy agency sought to exploit the ex-US President's narcissism and vanity, as well as his greed.

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Presidents Trump and Putin share a joke (Image: Getty)

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Mr Trump was an ambitious real estate developer (Image: Getty)

The author writes: "With Trump it wasn't just weakness. Everything was excessive.

"His vanity, excessive. Narcissism, excessive. Greed, excessive. Ignorance, excessive.

"Deeply insecure intellectually, highly suggestible, exceedingly susceptible to flattery, Trump was anxious to acquire some real intellectual validation - and the KGB would be more than happy to humor him."

The story of Mr Trump's association with Russia began in 1976 when he purchased the old decrepit Commodore Hotel on Park Avenue for just one dollar.

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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in deep conversation (Image: Getty)

Mr Unger claims it was at that time that the real estate tycoon came into contact with the Soviet emigre Semyon "Sam" Kislin.

Mr Kislin was originally from Odessa in the Ukraine and had emigrated to the US, where he opened a electronic store called Joy-Led Electronics in New York.

He was believed to have been recruited by the KGB back in Odessa before he emigrated and that his shop served as a front for the KGB.

Mr Unger writes that the store was "used by the KGB to initiate overtures to prospective assets."

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Mr Trump was invited to visit Moscow in 1987 (Image: Getty)

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Rumours persisted that Donald Trump was in Mr Putin's pocket (Image: Getty)

Mr Trump purchased hundreds of television sets for his new hotel from the store.

The TV sets had dual systems enabling them to receive broadcasts from the Soviet Union, a highly unusual feature, according to the author.

The KGB continued to monitor Mr Trump, who was invited to Moscow in 1987 to explore the possibility of building a Trump hotel in the capital city.

Mr Unger claims that the trip was a "deep development" by KGB handlers, the purpose of which was to create secret back channels that would allow the Kremlin to influence and damage American democracy.

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