There’s a troubling connection between White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and a group funded by George Soros.
Breitbart News on Sunday published a report which reveals that McMaster served at a UK-based think tank financed by a controversial, George Soros-funded group identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the public and news media.
From September 2006 to February 2017, McMaster is listed as a member of International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), where he served as consulting senior fellow. The IISS describes itself as a “world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict.”
Breitbart points out that the IISS “has been supportive of the Obama administration-brokered 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, and the group has repeatedly hit back against charges that Tehran has violated the agreement.”
During the past week, McMaster raised suspicions when he fired members of the National Security Council who have been opposed to the Iran agreement, while he is known to support it and has reportedly urged the White House to recertify Iran’s compliance.
Chief strategist Steve Bannon and his populist allies, including Breitbart, have argued with McMaster over his leadership of the National Security Council. Bannon has disagreed perosnally with McMaster on a range of issues; from political strategy to the war in Afghanistan.
Conservative pundits have balked at McMaster having fired Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, who had been hired by former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
IISS’s website contains a list of groups, corporations and government entities that provide funding to the think tank, including during the period of McMaster’s work there. However, one group is conspicuously missing from the page of donors: the Ploughshares Fund, which was identified last year by the Obama White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media.
An archived version of IISS’s donors page lists Ploughshares as a donor.
Breitbart News has found that IISS is listed as a grantee for Iran issues in Ploughshares Fund’s budget report for 2016. In that report, IISS is identified as a grantee for Iran work done by Michael Elleman, IISS senior fellow for missile defense.
In a recent IISS analysis, Elleman cast doubt on charges that Iran and North Korea are working together on ballistic-missile development, claiming “there is little evidence to indicate the two regimes are engaged in deep missile-related collaboration, or pursuing joint-development programs.”
Further damning evidence shows that Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, is listed as a member of IISS in his Georgetown University bio.
Despite the revelation, President Trump issued a statement of defense in respect to McMaster last week.
“General McMaster and I are working very well together,” Trump wrote in an email to The New York Times. “He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.”
Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine general, has also reportedly advocated for McMaster, a fellow general.