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Calls for ouster of new US national security council chief of staff

Fleitz has also promoted a theory that there was a “clash of civilizations” between Islam and America

world Updated: May 31, 2018 23:39 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington
Fred Fleitz,US,Donald Trump
The White House.(AP File Photo)

Calls are mounting for the ouster of Fred Fleitz, the newly named chief of staff to the Trump White House’s national security council, for his links to a group that openly touted the bizarre theory that Islamists have infiltrated the government in a plot to take over the US.

Till his appoint to the NSC, Fleitz was a senior official of the Center for Security Policy, which has been called a hate group that is “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.”

“An individual who held a leadership position in a notorious hate group should not be placed in a policy-making post in the White House,” said Robert McCaw of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in a statement.

“We urge the Trump administration to drop Mr Fleitz and to remove all other staffers who espouse bigoted views or back discriminatory and unconstitutional policies.”

Fleitz has also promoted a theory that there was a “clash of civilizations” between Islam and America.

A report he co-authored in 2014 argued that “the majority of Muslims and Islamic authorities . . . promote or at least support jihad and shariah supremacism.”

It went on to say, “Unfortunately, no significant elements from within Islam thus far have presented themselves as likely allies in the death struggle we confront with our mutual enemies.”

First Published: May 31, 2018 23:37 IST