ABC has published an article about the invitation of then-FIDE Chess President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to Donald Trump to host the 2016 World Chess Championship at Trump Tower in New York. Instead, the event was held in a converted fish processing factory. President Trump apparently wasn’t aware of the effort to involve him in the World Chess Championship.
Elite chess has had an appearance of being a mildly swingy tool of political machination the past 30 years. The Mueller Investigation found the appearance of dirt, or mud, that seemed to adhere to the former FIDE President with his alleged Kremlin ties.
An article offers evidence that Bernie Sanders can play chess, as well as Donald Trump. https://en.chessbase.com/post/hillary-clinton-looking-for-irina-krush
https://www.ft.com/content/f4d0dfea-559d-11e9-91f9-b6515a54c5b1 Financial Times article on Russian-FIDE Presidential collusion
At age 22, Trump took chess so seriously he threatened suit on someone who pointed out flaws in a chess problem presented in article in Chess Life (Feb. 1968) .
Donald Trump, Chess Life 1968
“White to play and mate in four moves
The solution given by Trump is: 1.Qxd7 h5 2.c8=N+! Ka6 3. b4 h4 4.Qc6#. “- image and chess sequence from Chess Base April 4, 2016 article
President Ilyumzhinov visited several corrupt leaders just before a war started; Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Bashir Assad. The concept is that he was some sort of unofficial representative of the Kremlin. He may have provided secret chess intelligence, such as how to assure a drawn game, or novelties in the Roy Lopez, I would guess.
Hillary Clinton might not play chess. The sole link I could find to the topic was her try at identifying U.S. Chess champion Irina Crush.