It’s the other Trump Tower meeting.
Donald Trump Jr. met with a Gulf emissary promising foreign help for his father’s campaign and an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation months before the 2016 presidential election, according to a report Saturday.
President Trump’s eldest son sat down with George Nader — a Middle East analyst and an adviser to the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates — and an Israeli political strategist named Joel Zamel, whose company chalked up a plan to manipulate social media users to vote for Trump, The New York Times reported.
Nader, a convicted pedophile who grew close to several Trump associates and has visited the White House repeatedly, is a cooperating witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
During the August meeting with Trump Jr., Nader said the crown princes of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia wanted to help his father win the White House, according to The Times.
Also present was Erik Prince, the founder of the scandal-plagued security firm Blackwater.
The Trump Tower gathering, just three months prior to the election, was held in the same location as a controversial confab between campaign aides and a Russian attorney with connections to the Kremlin in June of that year.
Two people familiar with the meetings told The Times that Trump campaign officials did not appear bothered by the idea of cooperating with foreigners.
Alan Futerfas, an attorney repping Trump Jr., told the Times that “prior to the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. recalls a meeting with Erik Prince, George Nader and another individual who may be Joel Zamel. They pitched Mr. Trump Jr. on a social media platform or marketing strategy. He was not interested and that was the end of it.”
The Times reported in March that Nader is cooperating with Mueller’s team. He has reportedly testified before a grand jury.
Mueller is investigating Russian election interference and the possibility that Trump associates coordinated with the Kremlin and to sway the election in the President’s favor.
Nader also reportedly helped organize, and attended, a suspicious Seychelles meeting between Prince and a Russian oligarch with ties to the Kremlin weeks before Trump’s inauguration.
The clandestine meeting came weeks after Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly told the Russians that he wanted to set up back channel communications.
Prince, a deep-pocketed Trump donor and the brother of Education Secretary Betty DeVos, arranged the earlier sitdown with Trump Jr., The Times reports.
The President has dismissed the investigations of Russia’s role in the election as “fake news” and a “witch hunt.”