Secretive Bilderberg group meetings begin in Virginia

Trump's National Security Advisor McMasterImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionPresident Trump’s National Security Adviser HR McMaster is due to attend

A secretive group of elite power brokers is meeting in the US state of Virginia for closed-door discussions over four days.

The Bilderberg Meetings have 131 participants from 21 countries in Europe and North America, the group said in a press release.

A couple of top advisers to President Donald Trump are to attend the forum, 30 miles (48km) from the White House.

The shadowy group is a lightning rod for conspiracy theorists.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Oval OfficeImage copyrightEPA
Image captionFormer Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a Bilderberg regular, is also due at the conference near Dulles airport

This year’s group includes Mr Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, his National Security Adviser HR McMaster and Peter Thiel, the billionaire Paypal creator who has been a vocal supporter of the president.

At the top of the group’s 13-point agenda is “The Trump administration: A progress report”.

The forum – at a Westfields Marriott hotel in Chantilly – is also being attended by Trump critic Eric Schmidt, head of Google’s parent company.

Media captionAlex Jones shouted and interrupted as presenter Andrew Neil tried to gain control

Mr Schmidt has previously said the Trump administration will do “evil things”.

Other Bilderberg topics this year include, “The war on information”, “Why is populism growing?”, and “Can globalisation be slowed down?”

“There is no desired outcome, no minutes are taken and no report is written,” the group’s rules state.

“Furthermore, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.”

Media captionConspiracy theories: Tony Gosling and David Aaronovitch

Other guests include Dutch King Willem-Alexander; David Rubenstein, head of private equity juggernaut the Carlyle Group; and former CIA director John Brennan.

Several journalists are joining this year’s forum, including London Evening Standard editor George Osborne.

A full list of participants is here.

Some critics have accused the group – which has met every year since 1954 – of plotting to impose a one-world government.

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  • The Bilderberg meeting in Chantilly, Virginia, will attract 131 elites on Thursday 
  • Guests will include politicians, bankers, business titans and European royalty 
  • They will discuss transatlantic relations and the future of the European Union 
  • Will also give ‘a progress report’ on Trump administration at four-day meeting

A secretive group of global power brokers 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.

A secretive group of global power brokers including NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg will gather to debate Donald Trump's presidency

Elder statesman Henry Kissinger will also be at the annual meeting

A secretive group of global power brokers including elder statesman Henry Kissinger (right) and NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg (left) will gather to debate Donald Trump’s presidency

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. Pictured,  Stoltenberg with Trump in May

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. Pictured,  Stoltenberg with Trump in May

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.’

Trump supporters will face the president's critic Eric Schmidt (pictured), executive director of Google's parent company, who warned in January that Trump's administration will do 'evil things'

Trump supporters will face the president’s critic Eric Schmidt (pictured), executive director of Google’s parent company, who warned in January that Trump’s administration will do ‘evil things’

Bilderberg group meetings have previously sparked protests and anti-globalisation demonstrators have reportedly descended on this year's event in Virginia

Bilderberg group meetings have previously sparked protests and anti-globalisation demonstrators have reportedly descended on this year’s event in Virginia

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.

WHO IS GOING TO THE BILDERBERG GROUP CONFERENCE?
Surname First name Position Company
Achleitner Paul M. (DEU) Chairman of the Supervisory Board Deutsche Bank AG
Adonis Andrew (GBR) Chair National Infrastructure Commission
Agius Marcus (GBR) Chairman PA Consulting Group
Akyol Mustafa (TUR) Senior Visiting Fellow Freedom Project at Wellesley College
Alstadheim Kjetil B. (NOR) Political Editor Dagens Næringsliv
Altman Roger C. (USA) Founder and Senior Chairman Evercore
Arnaut José Luis (PRT) Managing Partner CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut
Barroso José M. Durão (PRT) Chairman Goldman Sachs International
Bäte Oliver (DEU) CEO Allianz SE
Baumann Werner (DEU) Chairman Bayer AG
Baverez Nicolas (FRA) Partner Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Benko René (AUT) Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board SIGNA Holding GmbH
Berner Anne-Catherine (FIN) Minister of Transport and Communications
Botín Ana P. (ESP) Executive Chairman Banco Santander
Brandtzæg Svein Richard (NOR) President and CEO Norsk Hydro ASA
Brennan John O. (USA) Senior Advisor Kissinger Associates Inc.
Bsirske Frank (DEU) Chairman United Services Union
Buberl Thomas (FRA) CEO AXA
Bunn M. Elaine (USA) Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Burns William J. (USA) President Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Çakiroglu Levent (TUR) CEO Koç Holding A.S.
Çamlibel Cansu (TUR) Washington DC Bureau Chief Hürriyet Newspaper
Cebrián Juan Luis (ESP) Executive Chairman PRISA and El País
Clemet Kristin (NOR) CEO Civita
Cohen David S. (USA) Former Deputy Director CIA
Collison Patrick (USA) CEO Stripe
Cotton Tom (USA) Senator
Cui Tiankai (CHN) Ambassador to the US
Döpfner Mathias (DEU) CEO Axel Springer SE
Elkann John (ITA) Chairman Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Enders Thomas (DEU) CEO Airbus SE
Federspiel Ulrik (DNK) Group Executive Haldor Topsøe Holding A/S
Ferguson Jr. Roger W. (USA) President and CEO, TIAA
Ferguson Niall (USA) Senior Fellow Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Gianotti Fabiola (ITA) Director General CERN
Gozi Sandro (ITA) State Secretary for European Affairs
Graham Lindsey (USA) Senator
Greenberg Evan G. (USA) Chairman and CEO Chubb Group
Griffin Kenneth (USA) Founder and CEO Citadel Investment Group, LLC
Gruber Lilli (ITA) Editor-in-Chief and Anchor “Otto e mezzo” La7 TV
Guindos Luis de (ESP) Minister of Economy Industry and Competiveness
Haines Avril D. (USA) Former Deputy National Security Advisor
Halberstadt Victor (NLD) Professor of Economics Leiden University
Hamers Ralph (NLD) Chairman ING Group
Hedegaard Connie (DNK) Chair KR Foundation
Hennis-Plasschaert Jeanine (NLD) Minister of Defence The Netherlands
Hobson Mellody (USA) President Ariel Investments LLC
Hoffman Reid (USA) Co-Founder LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock
Houghton Nicholas (GBR) Former Chief of Defence
Ischinger Wolfgang (INT) Chairman Munich Security Conference
Jacobs Kenneth M. (USA) Chairman and CEO Lazard
Johnson James A. (USA) Chairman Johnson Capital Partners
Jordan Jr. Vernon E. (USA) Senior Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co, LLC
Karp Alex (USA) CEO Palantir Technologies
Kengeter Carsten (DEU) CEO Deutsche Börse AG
Kissinger Henry A. (USA) Chairman Kissinger Associates Inc.
Klatten Susanne (DEU) Managing Director SKion GmbH
Kleinfeld Klaus (USA) Former Chairman and CEO Arconic
Knot Klaas H.W. (NLD) President De Nederlandsche Bank
Koç Ömer M. (TUR) Chairman Koç Holding A.S.
Kotkin Stephen (USA) Professor in History and International Affairs Princeton University
Kravis Henry R. (USA) Co-Chairman and Co-CEO KKR
Kravis Marie-Josée (USA) Senior Fellow Hudson Institute
Kudelski André (CHE) Chairman and CEO Kudelski Group
Lagarde Christine (INT) Managing Director International Monetary Fund
Lenglet François (FRA) Chief Economics Commentator France 2
Leysen Thomas (BEL) Chairman KBC Group
Liddell Christopher (USA) Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives
Lööf Annie (SWE) Party Leader Centre Party
Mathews Jessica T. (USA) Distinguished Fellow Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
McAuliffe Terence (USA) Governor of Virginia
McKay David I. (CAN) President and CEO Royal Bank of Canada
McMaster H.R. (USA) National Security Advisor
Mexia António Luís Guerra Nunes (PRT) President Eurelectric and CEO, EDP Energias de Portugal
Micklethwait John (INT) Editor-in-Chief Bloomberg LP
Minton Beddoes Zanny (INT) Editor-in-Chief The Economist
Molinari Maurizio (ITA) Editor-in-Chief La Stampa
Monaco Lisa (USA) Former Homeland Security Officer
Morneau Bill (CAN) Minister of Finance
Mundie Craig J. (USA) President Mundie & Associates
Murtagh Gene M. (IRL) CEO Kingspan Group plc
Netherlands H.M. the King of the (NLD)
Noonan Peggy (USA) Author and Columnist The Wall Street Journal
O’Leary Michael (IRL) CEO Ryanair D.A.C.
Osborne George (GBR) Editor London Evening Standard
Papahelas Alexis (GRC) Executive Editor Kathimerini Newspaper
Papalexopoulos Dimitri (GRC) CEO Titan Cement Co.
Petraeus David H. (USA) Chairman KKR Global Institute
Pind Søren (DNK) Minister for Higher Education and Science
Puga Benoît (FRA) Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honor and Chancellor of the National Order of Merit
Rachman Gideon (GBR) Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator The Financial Times
Reisman Heather M. (CAN) Chair and CEO Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Rivera Díaz Albert (ESP) President Ciudadanos Party
Rosén Johanna (SWE) Professor in Materials Physics Linköping University
Ross Wilbur L. (USA) Secretary of Commerce
Rubenstein David M. (USA) Co-Founder and Co-CEO The Carlyle Group
Rubin Robert E. (USA) Co-Chair Council on Foreign Relations and Former Treasury Secretary
Ruoff Susanne (CHE) CEO Swiss Post
Rutten Gwendolyn (BEL) Chair Open VLD
Sabia Michael (CAN) CEO Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Sawers John (GBR) Chairman and Partner Macro Advisory Partners
Schadlow Nadia (USA) Deputy Assistant to the President National Security Council
Schmidt Eric E. (USA) Executive Chairman Alphabet Inc.
Schneider-Ammann Johann N. (CHE) Federal Councillor Swiss Confederation
Scholten Rudolf (AUT) President Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue
Severgnini Beppe (ITA) Editor-in-Chief 7-Corriere della Sera
Sikorski Radoslaw (POL) Senior Fellow Harvard University
Slat Boyan (NLD) CEO and Founder The Ocean Cleanup
Spahn Jens (DEU) Parliamentary State Secretary and Federal Ministry of Finance
Stephenson Randall L. (USA) Chairman and CEO AT&T
Stern Andrew (USA) President Emeritus SEIU and Senior Fellow, Economic Security Project
Stoltenberg Jens (INT) Secretary General NATO
Summers Lawrence H. (USA) Charles W. Eliot University Professor Harvard University
Tertrais Bruno (FRA) Deputy Director Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
Thiel Peter (USA) President Thiel Capital
Topsøe Jakob Haldor (DNK) Chairman Haldor Topsøe Holding A/S
Ülgen Sinan (TUR) Founding and Partner Istanbul Economics
Vance J.D. (USA) Author and Partner Mithril
Wahlroos Björn (FIN) Chairman Sampo Group, Nordea B UPM-Kymmene Corporation
Wallenberg Marcus (SWE) Chairman Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
Walter Amy (USA) Editor The Cook Political Report
Weston Galen G. (CAN) CEO and Executive Chairman Loblaw Companies Ltd and George Weston Companies
White Sharon (GBR) Chief Executive Ofcom
Wieseltier Leon (USA) Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy The Brookings Institution
Wolf Martin H. (INT) Chief Economics Commentator Financial Times
Wolfensohn James D. (USA) Chairman and CEO Wolfensohn & Company
Wunsch Pierre (BEL) Vice-Governor National Bank of Belgium
Zeiler Gerhard (AUT) President Turner International
Zients Jeffrey D. (USA) Former Director National Economic Council
Zoellick Robert B. (USA) Non-Executive Chairman AllianceBernstein L.P.

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