BI | Erik Prince, the Blackwater founder who reportedly met with a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin to create a communication back-channel between then-President-elect Donald Trump and Russia, blasted the intelligence community in a statement Tuesday.
Prince attended a secret meeting in the Seychelles islands days before Trump's inauguration to discuss establishing the back-channel, The Washington Post reported Monday.
In his statement Tuesday, Prince didn't deny attending the meeting, but still attempted to cast doubt on its supposed purpose.
"If the politically fabricated delusion of President-elect Trump and President Putin's coordination was true, why would anyone need to meet me anyway?" Prince said in the statement, which was sent to Business Insider.
In a statement that was included in the Post's story on Monday, a spokesman for Prince said the Seychelles meeting "had nothing to do with President Trump."
"Why is the so-called under-resourced intelligence community messing around with surveillance of American citizens when they should be hunting terrorists?" the spokesman said.