Billionaire Mark Cuban: Trump Too Clueless To Collude With The Russians

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”Shark Tank” billionaire Mark Cuban is plowing into politics again with some interesting perspectives on Donald Trump. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team has tweeted a back-handed defense of the president, surmising that Trump was too clueless to pull off any collusion with Russians during his campaign. 
“No chance this is a DJT-led conspiracy,” Cuban wrote in a series of tweets on Saturday. Trump “isn’t detail oriented, organized or big picture enough” to orchestrate it, he added.
As “people with Russian connects came into the campaign” Trump “had no clue that those connections were possibly being influenced by Russia,” Cuban tweeted. He “had no idea this was happening. He was doing what he was told to do. Stick to the script and read what was written for him.”
Russians simply “took advantage” of Trump’s greed, Cuban noted, by “back channeling coordinated misinformation in an attempt to influence voters” that they apparently suspected Trump would exploit.
It’s hardly the first time Cuban — who hasn’t ruled out a run for the presidency in 2020 — as well as Trump have attacked each other’s intelligence. Cuban earlier this month slammed Trump as the “Zoolander” president for his narcissism and intellectual challenges. Last September Cuban offered to pay $10 million to a charity of his choosing if Trump would meet him in a four-hour interview to explain his own policies. Trump snapped back that Cuban wasn’t “smart enough to understand what’s going on.”
Beyond being unaware of the mechanisms of his campaign, Trump also stumbled into trouble because he failed to act like a politician, and opted to make choices because of business, Cuban believes.
“Russians have made him a lot of money buying condos and investing in his buildings and hosting his beauty pageant,” Cuban tweeted about his Trump theory. “That makes them his friends. He ignored their backgrounds.” Trump praised Putin because he hoped it would shake some funds loose from the Russian money tree for Trump business deals, according to Cuban’s view.
Cuban is also convinced that Trump simply was “thinking like a businessman” when he hired Paul Manafort as his campaign manager. Bringing on board the man with Russian links and lucrative contracts with Russian movers-and-shakers was seen by Trump as a “win-win,” Cuban tweeted. Manafort would either help him win the election, or help him get Russian business if Trump lost, Cuban noted.
Cuban expounded his Trump theory in a 13-tweet chain. Trump has tweeted about Cuban dozens of times. Just last month, after Cuban hinted at a run for the presidency, Trump tweeted that the investor “isn’t smart enough to run for president.”

1) Here is my take on Trump and Russia— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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2) Russians have made him a lot of money buying condos and investing in his bldgs and hosting his beauty pageant.That makes them his friends— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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3) He ignored their backgrounds. But that's not unusual. Starbucks takes anyone's money and so do most businesses including mine.— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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4) He spoke favorably about Putin to get his approval for Russians to get $ out of Russia and into Trump deals. He saw it as easy money— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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5) When Manafort was recommended, he didn't vett him. He saw it as a win win. Win the election or open the door for more Russian business— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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6) As people with Russian connects came into the campaign he had no clue that those connections were possibly being influenced by Russia— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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7) His lean campaign took direction from people he trusted and he followed those directions. He had no clue where the Russians fit— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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8) when Manafort got "hot" he got rid of him but the campaign approach had been established. Bannon took it to the next level FTW— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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9) No chance this is a DJT led conspiracy. He isn't detail oriented, organized or big picture enough to pull off any time of conspiracy— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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10) I think Putin recognized trumps greed and took advantage by back channeling coordinated misinformation in an attempt to influence voters— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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11) Trump had no idea this was happening. He was doing what he was told to do. Stick to the script and read what was written for him— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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12)Because he didn't recognize or understand as it was happening he has no idea what to do now or how to respond. So he turns to Fox News— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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13) That's what I think happened. Feel free to agree or disagree— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 1, 2017
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