>> Just three months before the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. met with an envoy representing the crown princes of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, who offered help to the Trump presidential campaign, according to a report Saturday in the New York Times. That representative, George Nader, is now a cooperating witness in the special council's investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
According to The Times, the August 2016 meeting was arranged by Erik Prince, the founder and former head of private military contractor Blackwater, and brother to Betsy DeVos, Trump's Education Secretary. The report also says a company connected to one of the meeting participants, a co-founder of an Israeli consulting firm, worked on a proposal for a, quote, covert multi-million dollar online manipulation campaign to help Trump using thousands of fake social media accounts.
An attorney for Trump Jr. tells Reuters, quote, he was not interested and that was the end of it. The previously undisclosed meeting in Trump Tower mirrors the meeting team Trump held just two months before with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, which Trump Jr. admitted to being eager to receive.
The Times says the meeting is an indication that other countries besides Russia may have offered help to Trump's presidential campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators have questioned witnesses in Washington, New York, Atlanta, Tel Aviv, and elsewhere regarding possible foreign help to the campaign, according to the report. As President, Trump has fostered close ties with Saudi Arabia.
He even made it his first stop on his first trip abroad. The Saudi and UAE embassies in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.