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Trump Traps Hillary with Her Own Trump-Trash (CNBC video)

Was it by plan or just serendipitous?

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Amidst the furious Clinton allegations that Donald Trump is in cahoots with Putin on the scandalous DNC email leaks, Trump made an astonishing statement.

He said at a news conference:

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing; I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

If you listen to that line in the context of its surrounding remarks, it's clear that Trump's remark was flippant or sarcastic. Most media outlets, however, pulled it out of context, and the Clinton campaign climbed all over the statement.

Apparently they didn't think-through their strategy very well because here's what happened:

The reports asserted that Trump had invited Putin to conduct espionage against the US by hacking national security data. This disqualifies Trump from becoming president, they said. Many called his statement treasonous.

But here's the trap: the national security data in question are the 30,000 emails that Clinton deleted from her server, claiming they were just personal chit-chat. But now with apparent witlessness the Clinton camp has upgraded that chit-chat to vital national security information.

The Clinton people seemed to think they had trapped Trump with his own statement. But in reality, it was Clinton upon whom the jaws of the trap clamped down.

CNBC did a story and video on this titled "The Democrats just fell for Trump's Russian email-hack bait." See it for yourself here.

My several books on Russia-related issues give in-depth treatment regarding this kind of manipulative technique that has been used to taint the US-Russia relationship over the years.

Now I've written two articles that provide further background on today's hot story, the Trump-Putin-Clinton scandal. They are:
"Urgent: Trump's "Putin Connection" Outed -- Part I" describes how Clinton likely tried to set-up Trump to deflect attention away from the rigged primary election scandal that threatened her campaign.

"Urgent: Trump's 'Putin Connection' Outed -- Part II" goes step-by-step through the demonstrable lies that Forbes put forth to support the startling allegation of a secret Trump-Putin connection.

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