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Bolton and Pompeo Might Unleash Trump on “Radical Islam”

posted on March 28, 2018

POLITICO’s Nahal Toosi reports that Muslim-American civil rights groups are troubled by the appointment of John Bolton as national security advisor and Mike Pompeo’s nomination as secretary of state. Bolton has close ties with anti-Muslim activists and is the chair of an organization that harshly criticizes Islam, while Pompeo has encouraged conspiracy theories and made false accusations about Muslim-Americans in the past. Their predecessors, H.R. McMaster and Rex Tillerson, were seen as moderates who dampened Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. Toosi writes, “But if there was a sense among Trump’s critics that McMaster and Tillerson had been restraining his worst instincts, there is now concern that Bolton and Pompeo might encourage them.”