Russia Predicts Donald Trump Will Win the 2020 Election but Then an 'Extreme Leftist' Will Be President

Russia's economic chief predicted that President Donald Trump would be re-elected in 2020, earning him a second term, followed by a radical shift in U.S. political leadership.

Russia Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin told students gathered at Kommersant's Academy of Journalism that "the likely political scenario in America is that Trump will be re-elected for a second term and later he will be replaced by a Democrat, who will be an extreme leftist. I see this as the most probable scenario." He added that "a left-wing Democrat could emerge now if America comes up against an economic crisis earlier than by the next election," as translated by Russia's state-run Tass news agency.

Oreshkin then suggested that Trump's success was tied to global events and the course of a country that was "not a society of equal opportunities anymore."

"America’s shattered stability is visible in its economic performance," Oreshkin continued. "The rate of labor productivity over the past 10-15 years has substantially slowed down because the quality of human resources and social mobility has actually worsened. America has splintered into several various parts: New York, California, maybe Texas, and several other major areas. And then there is the rest of America, which turned out to be flyover country cast aside by that strata of society."

GettyImages-1128380586 President Donald Trump hugs the U.S. flag as he arrives to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 2. The Republican leader has so far survived several high-profile scandals and an ongoing investigation into his alleged ties to Russia throughout his first term. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Oreshkin went on to criticize the accumulation of U.S. wealth by only 20 companies and 1 million people, according to his estimate. He said that the "dissatisfied" population who "lost out in this process" have been "told now that China and Mexico, which snapped up their jobs, are entirely to blame for this," giving Trump a platform for his agenda. Oreshkin said "that’s why even though he lost New York and California, the majority of voters cast their ballots for him." Trump actually lost the popular vote by a margin of nearly 3 million in 2016.

The election was fraught with controversy, as the two-party top runners Trump—a billionaire real estate mogul with a celebrity background and no prior political experience—and his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton—a former secretary of state and New York senator who was once the first lady—battled it out with vitriol. As Clinton faced scrutiny for having used a private email server during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat and of conspiring against democratic socialist contender Senator Bernie Sanders, the Trump campaign was accused of potentially colluding with Russia to secure the election.

Trump has continued to face investigations into alleged ties between his bid for the highest office in the nation and Moscow. Both the president and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly denied any such connections, and a nearly two-year investigation has yet to produce any evidence, though several figures close to Trump have faced legal ramifications.

Following the indictment and recent testimony of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, speculation has mounted about an impending report to be issued by special counsel Robert Mueller. Those developments prompted further criticism from Trump, who on Sunday blamed "crazed Democrats" for probing Cohen while he was attempting to secure a denuclearization-for-peace deal with North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam.

On the same day as Trump's tweet targeting Democrats, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal released a poll finding that 45 percent of voters would back the president in his re-election bid, while majorities of 58 percent challenged his honesty and credibility, and 60 percent disapproved of his decision to declare a national emergency in order to secure funding for his border wall project designed to stem the flow of undocumented immigration into the U.S. 

GettyImages-1133226161 Democratic presidential candidate Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks to supporters at Brooklyn College, in New York City, on March 2. Sanders, a democratic socialist critic of President Donald Trump, held his first rally of the 2020 campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in his hometown. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A Washington Post-ABC poll from late January came to a similar result of 56 percent of people in the U.S. saying they would "definitely not vote" for Trump. Among the most critical of Trump's policies is an emerging left-wing section of the Democratic Party, from which candidates for next year's presidential race have begun to surface.

Sanders, the independent who lost his last bid to Clinton, has already announced his intentions to run, reportedly raising up to $10 million for his goal in less than a week. Among those joining him would be Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a fierce critic of U.S. military interventions abroad. Trump, who has long criticized "endless wars" waged across the globe, has so far continued campaigns launched by his predecessors—though he has pledged to withdraw troops from Syria—and threatened new actions against Iran and Venezuela.

While Trump has been accused of working with the Kremlin to win the presidency, relations between Washington and Moscow continue to decline. The two countries, widely considered to be the world's leading military powers, have clashed over opposing international agendas, with both charging the other with destabilizing activities abroad.

Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 2, Trump railed against the "socialist nightmare" policies of his Democratic opponents and told the audience that "we're going to do even better in 2020."

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