Susan Rice

Former national security adviser Susan Rice told the House Intelligence Committee that she “unmasked” the names of President Donald Trump’s associates because she wanted to find out why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates visited Trump Tower in New York last year without notifying the US government, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, UAE’s crown prince, traveled to New York during the transition period in December 2016 and reportedly met with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

According to CNN, the Obama administration felt “misled” by the UAE, which was why Rice requested that Trump associates’ names be unmasked.

A senior Middle East official acknowledged to CNN that the UAE did not inform the US of the crown prince’s visit in advance but denied that the UAE had misled the Obama administration. The official said that the December Trump Tower meeting was merely part of an effort to build a relationship with the incoming administration.

The crown prince’s trip to New York came shortly before the UAE brokered a January 11 meeting between a Trump associate …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

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