With renewed focus this week on the infamous Donald Trump Jr. Trump Tower meeting, the New York Times has broken news of another meeting the President’s son took months later, prior to the 2016 election.
Per the Times, this meeting was arranged by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and concerned ways to help the Trump campaign:
The emissary, George Nader, told Donald Trump Jr. that the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president. The social media specialist, Joel Zamel, extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign; by that time, the firm had already drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump.
The company, which employed several Israeli former intelligence officers, specialized in collecting information and shaping opinion through social media.
Trump Jr. reportedly “responded approvingly” and Nader had met with other Trump campaign officials like Jared Kushner, though the Times notes “it is unclear whether such a proposal was executed, and the details of who commissioned it remain in dispute.”
Nader is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is reportedly looking into the interactions. The Times adds that “two people familiar with the meetings said that Trump campaign officials did not appear bothered by the idea of cooperation with foreigners.”
A lawyer for Trump Jr. told the Times that he does recall the meeting and the pitch, but insists “he was not interested and that was the end of it.”
You can read the full report here.
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