Blackwater top thug in secret meeting to establish back channel for Trump-Putin communications

❝ The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.

❝ Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

❝ Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump…

Click the link to the article. Read through the whole sordid affair. Just the sort of tabloid reality you’d expect creeps like Prince to engage on behalf of Trump.

11 thoughts on “Blackwater top thug in secret meeting to establish back channel for Trump-Putin communications

  1. Stranger Than Fiction says:

    “Texas congressman on the House intelligence committee compares Russian hacking to Mexican singers campaigning for Clinton” “Harry Reid and the Democrats brought in Mexican soap opera stars, singers and entertainers who had immense influence in those communities into Las Vegas, to entertain, get out the vote and so forth,” Conaway told The Dallas Morning News this week. “Those are foreign actors, foreign people, influencing the vote in Nevada. You don’t hear the Democrats screaming and saying one word about that.” Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, TX.
    Vicente Fernández, a famous Mexican singer and entertainer, recorded a song during the campaign supporting Clinton. Video “El corrido de Hillary Clinton”

  2. Scratch & sniff says:

    “Flynn and Kushner were joined by Bannon for a separate meeting with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who made an undisclosed visit to New York later in December, according to the U.S., European and Arab officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters. In an unusual breach of protocol, the UAE did not notify the Obama administration in advance of the visit, though officials found out because Zayed’s name appeared on a flight manifest. Officials said Zayed and his brother, the UAE’s national security adviser, coordinated the Seychelles meeting with Russian government officials with the goal of establishing an unofficial back channel between Trump and Putin. …Current and former U.S. officials who have worked closely with Zayed, who is often referred to as MBZ, say it would be out of character for him to arrange the Jan. 11 meeting without getting a green light in advance from top aides to Trump and Putin, if not the leaders themselves. “MBZ is very cautious,” said an American businessman who knows Zayed and spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. “There had to be a nod.”
    (May 15, 2017) President Donald Trump welcomes Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the White House. Video with President Trumps comments re: Sheikh Mohammed

  3. Update says:

    “Murder conviction in Blackwater case thrown out, other sentences overturned” In a 2-1 vote, the three-judge panel ruled that prosecutors misapplied a law that Congress originally aimed at violent drug traffickers to U.S. contractors with no prior criminal record, resulting in a punishment “grossly disproportionate to their culpability for using government-issued weapons in a war zone.”
    Also: before James Mattis became the current U.S. Secretary of Defense he worked as a military advisor to the United Arab Emirates but did not list this employment in his Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps general who previously served as the 11th Commander of United States Central Command and was responsible for American military operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and Central Asia, from August 11, 2010, to March 22, 2013. Mattis’s previously undisclosed relationship with the UAE could also add a new dimension to recent controversies surrounding the UAE’s role in convincing Trump to support a blockade on Qatar.

  4. Warbucks says:

    “Blackwater founder Erik Prince is pushing to privatize America’s costly war in Afghanistan — and going on cable TV to persuade Trump” (Business Insider)
    Prince’s appearance on MSNBC came shortly after NBC News reported that Trump is growing increasingly impatient with his own administration’s strategy and looking toward Prince—the brother of billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—for possible alternatives. “When Prince’s plan had Trump’s attention in 2017, it had the backing of his former strategist Steve Bannon and the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner,” NBC reported.
    In recent meetings, Trump “has pressed his advisers about Afghanistan progress” and expressed interest in Prince’s plan to privatize the war, NBC noted, citing anonymous administration officials.

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