A secretive group of global power brokers from various facets of industry, and politics including elder statesman Henry Kissinger and NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg will gather to debate Donald Trump’s presidency.
The Bilderberg Group meeting in Chantilly, Virginia, will attract 131 elites on Thursday – from politicians and bankers to business titans and European royalty.
They will discuss transatlantic relations, the future of the European Union and ‘a progress report’ on the Trump administration behind closed doors at the four-day meeting.
This year’s confab can be seen as a chance for Trump supporters like Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and billionaire tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel to face his critics like Eric Schmidt.
Schmidt, the executive director of Google’s parent company, warned in January that Trump’s administration will do ‘evil things.’
The group has met every year since 1954 and was created as a forum for fostering dialogue between Europe and North America.
The meeting, which will also be attended by to civil rights activist Vernon Jordan. will gather less than 30 miles from the White House.
Several journalists are participating in this year’s forum, including London Evening Standard editor George Osborne and Cansu Camlibel, the Washington bureau chief for Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper.
But per tradition, news outlets are not invited to cover the event.
‘There is no desired outcome, no minutes are taken and no report is written,’ the group stated.
‘Furthermore, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.’
The meeting is expected to address Russia, China, nuclear proliferation, globalization, and ‘the war on information.’
Guests scheduled to attend the meeting include Dutch King Willem-Alexander, who works part-time as a commercial pilot; David Rubenstein, co-founder of influential global investment firm The Carlyle Group; and John Brennan, CIA chief under Barack Obama.
Ex-deputy secretary of state William Burns and former deputy assistant secretary of defense Elaine Bunn, both Obama-era officials, will also attend.
Burns, the current president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has warned that Trump ‘risks hollowing out the ideas, initiative and institutions on which US leadership and international order rest.’
Anti-globalization protesters reportedly have descended on the location of the meeting.
The secretive nature of the group has given birth to conspiracy theories. Some have warned, for example, that Bilderberg is a group of rich and powerful kingmakers seeking to impose a one world government.
Here is an info-graphic from last years meeting showing the groups influence. Click Image For Larger Version.
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