Blackwater Founder Met With Putin Pal On Trump’s Behalf [VIDEO]

The crown prince of Abu Dhabi helped arrange a clandestine meeting in the Seychelles islands between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin nine days before President Trump’s inauguration, several U.S., European, and Arab officials told The Washington Post, in an apparent attempt to establish a backchannel between Putin and Trump. Prince, who did not have a formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, approached Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan about setting up the meeting, saying he was an unofficial Trump envoy. The UAE and Russia were reportedly pleased with the meeting but declined to arrange any additional summits due to the political risk, officials said. Prince, who is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, gave $250,000 to Trump’s campaign.