National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new pick to be the National Security Council chief of staff has served for the last five years as the Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs at the Frank Gaffney-founded Center for Security Policy, a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group that espouses anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.
Gaffney and the group have for years promoted anti-Muslim beliefs, including accusing government officials of being aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Center for Security Policy’s website features a congratulatory post published Tuesday, confirming Fred Fleitz’s tenure.
“Center for Security Policy alumnus Fred Fleitz has been named Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council under John Bolton,” it reads. “Fleitz served as the Center’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs from 2013-2018.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group was founded Gaffney, a former Reagan official, in 1988 and has morphed from a “hawkish think tank” to a “conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.” CSP has also reportedly been banned from CPAC.
Per a Tuesday Bloomberg report, Fleitz worked as Bolton’s chief of staff while he was an undersecretary of state for former President George W. Bush.
Fleitz is also a former CIA analyst and frequent guest on Fox News.