National security adviser John Bolton recently served as the chairman of a nonprofit that shared inaccurate anti-Muslim news reports, according to NBC News.
Bolton was the chairman of the Gatestone Institute, a group that was found to have shared false or misleading news items about Muslims, the network reported, adding that he joined the nonprofit in 2013 and resigned last month before entering the Trump administration.
The site has published and promoted stories with headlines like “Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants,” which focused on one apartment in the city of Hamburg going into temporary trusteeship, NBC News noted.
Another piece from September 2017 features the headline “Europe: The Great White Death?” It focuses on a study by an author who argues that “the native population — by which he means the white population — of Europe face[s] extinction.”
Gatestone describes itself as “a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank ... dedicated to educating the public about what the mainstream media fails to report,” including topic like “threats to our individual liberty, sovereignty and free speech.”
The National Security Council told NBC News it doesn't comment on articles on outside groups, but said that Bolton was aware of the report.
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told NBC News that the institute is “a key part of the whole Islamaphobic cottage industry on the internet” and that Bolton’s association with the group “is very disturbing.”
NBC News also identified instances of Russia trolls directly sharing content from Gatestone by retweeting the institute's account.
And Sputnik, the Russian state-owned news agency, has frequently cited Gatestone pieces, according to the network.
Trump tapped Bolton as his new national security adviser in March, and he began serving in the post earlier this month. Bolton did speak out against Trump's plan to ban refugees from majority-Muslim countries in the past.