Every time the secretive Bilderberg Group has met at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia, U.S. policy has been at the forefront of discussions between the government and corporate gurus who gather behind tight security. In 2002, the hotel hosted the Bilderbergs as President George W. Bush was leading the United States into a war with Iraq. And in 2008 and 2012, the major items for discussion at the Chantilly venue were the U.S. presidential elections, both of which saw wins for Barack Obama.
This year, the Bilderbergers are discussing in Chantilly the ramifications of the Donald Trump presidency on the “international order.” Also on the agenda are the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum to quit the European Union; information warfare and the dissemination of “fake news;” the threat of “populism” as seen around the world, especially in France, the Philippines, Turkey, the Netherlands, Austria, and most of all, the United States; and how populism is threatening globalist institutions like the EU, NATO, and the United Nations.
The attendance list of those gathered in Chantilly from June 1–4 represents the usual collection of the elite of government, business, and the media. Turkey is represented by a large number of diplomats, journalists, and business leaders, which is likely an indication of the concerns the Bilderbergers have about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s transformation of Turkey into a Eurasian Islamist power not linked to the European Union.
Former CIA Director John Brennan is present at the conference representing Kissinger and Associates, his new employer. As is the case with almost every Bilderberg Conference in the last 50 years, Brennan’s nonagenarian boss, Henry Kissinger, is also present at the confab. The CIA is well-represented at this year’s Bilderberg meeting, with former CIA Director David Petraeus and Deputy Director David Cohen also in attendance. The Trump administration is represented by National Security Adviser General H. R. McMaster, his assistant Nancy Schadlow, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Peter Thiel, Trump’s friend and president of Thiel Capital, is also at Bilderberg. The presence of any Trump administration official at Bilderberg will not be appreciated by Trump’s anti-globalist base, which is well-represented by vocal protesters gathered outside the security perimeter of the Marriott.
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