Trump government’s new appointment of Charlie Kuperman as the new deputy national security adviser was condemned by American civil rights groups. The appointment was made last week and his role would be to assist the current national security adviser John Bolton. Kuperman is a former Reagan era administration official and deputy national security adviser.
Kupperman served on the board of directors for the Center for Security Policy (CSP) between 2001 and 2010. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based hate monitor, designates the CSP as an anti-Muslim hate group.
The CSP had promoted conspiracy theories claiming that Muslims have infiltrated the US government and seek to establish Islamic law in the country.
CSP was established in 1988 and Is headed by Frank Gaffney Jr. Gaffney has promoted the false claim that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the US government and American society at large. He had also accused that former President Barack Obama was a covert Muslim, and claimed Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin was a Muslim Brotherhood operative.
Nathan Lean, the author of The Islamophobia Industry, said to Al Jazeera that it is not “an accident that people with clear connections to anti-Muslim hate groups are being elevated in the Trump world”.
“In fact, with John Bolton at the helm of National Security, such an eventuality would be absolutely expected,” he told Al Jazeera.
He went onto add that Kupperman’s associations with Frank Gaffney are enough to disqualify him from any government post and let alone one in a position where he is assisting a person advises and briefs daily regarding matters of national security.