Trump’s picks for key posts paid by anti-Iran MKO
A secretary in the Cabinet of US President Donald Trump and at least one of his advisers have accepted money from the anti-Iran Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) to give speeches for the terrorist group.
The MKO terrorist group has in the past lured a roster of former US and European
officials to participate in its anti-Iran events.
Elaine Chao, confirmed this week as the Cabinet’s transportation secretary,
received $50,000 in 2015 for a five-minute speech to the political wing of the
Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, spoke
before an MKO conference in 2015 in the French capital, Paris.
She received the so-called honorarium from the MKO-associated Alliance for
Public Awareness, according to a report she filed with the US Office of
In March 2016, Chao received another $17,500 for a speech that she gave to the
Iranian-American Cultural Association of Missouri, with reported links to the
MKO terrorist group.
Former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani has also acknowledged that he has
been paid by the MKO for his appearances at the terrorist group’s events.
However, the total amount of the received money is unclear because he has not
filed a government disclosure form since his failed Republican presidential
attempt in 2008.
Over two dozen former Republican and Democratic US officials, including former
House speaker and Trump adviser, Newt Gingrich, have also spoken before the
notorious group. Some have even publicly acknowledged being paid.
Gingrich spoke to the MKO at a gala in 2016, although it is not clear whether or
how much he was paid.
The support of former US officials, including Giuliani, for the MKO could be
seen in a letter sent to Trump on January 9 just before his inauguration.
"We repeat the call for the US government to establish a dialogue with Iran's
exile resistance," read the letter signed by Giuliani and others.
The MKO, the most hated terrorist group among the Iranians, has carried out
numerous terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and government officials
over the past three decades.
Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the victory
of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO’s acts
The terrorist group also sided with the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein,
during Iraq’s eight-year imposed war against Iran in the 1980s. The group also
helped Saddam in his brutal crackdown on his opponents.
There are serious questions about the possible influence of the terrorist
group in the new US administration.
"The Mujahedin have backed the winning horse. They are going to have some at
least entree into the administration," said Ervand Abrahamian, a professor at
the City University of New York, who wrote a book on the MKO.
"I think it weakens the US because the more they have access to the
administration, the more people in Iran are going to be scared of anything the
US does,” he added.
The chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the MKO’s political arm,
Mohammad Mohaddessin, has said the terrorist group welcomes the Trump
government, as "some people within this administration" plan to change the US
policies toward Iran.
source: press tv