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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign manager says Republican rival Donald Trump may be Kremlin 'puppet'
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Trump is to explain extent of Kremlin in his election campaign, in particular concerning Ukraine - R. Mook.

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, suggested that Donald Trump may be a 'puppet' for Russia. Mook asserted that Trump's actions indicated a cosy relationship with Russia, noting Trump's favourable comments about Putin and the campaign's successful push to soften language in the Republican Party platform that would have mandated providing weapons to Ukraine, Ukraine Today reports.

Clinton's campaign manager also noted several Trump advisers' ties to Russian organisations, including former Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn's relationship with Russia Today, a state-sponsored Russian news network.

'There are a lot of questions here and we need Donald Trump to disclose all of his financial ties and whether his advisors are having meetings with the Kremlin,' Mook said.

'Paul Manafort has been pushed out, but that doesn't mean that the Russians have been pushed out of this campaign.'

He added that there are 'real questions being raised about whether Donald Trump himself is just a puppet for the Kremlin in this race.'

Over the past several days, the Trump campaign has worked to play down potential links between the real-estate magnate and Russia. Last week, former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort resigned amid growing revelations about his deep financial ties to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was backed by Putin.

As reported earlier by, Trump advisers waged covert influence campaign.

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