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The Princes, the President and the Fortune Seekers

View from the 32nd floor viewing platform of the Al Faisaliah Tower in Saudi Arabia.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Washington (AP) -- After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business.

He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that he dubbed "the snake."