Judicial Watch is suing to obtain government records regarding almost $5 million in U.S. tax dollars flowing to the “Soros infantry” that is disrupting Macedonia’s political system.
“The Trump State Department and USAID should … disclose the details of the Obama-Soros spigot,” @TomFitton says.
What’s more, the government watchdog group says it wants to know why President Donald Trump hasn’t replaced President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Macedonia, Jess L. Baily.
The United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, is an appendage of the State Department. It has given $4.8 million to the Open Society Foundation-Macedonia, part of liberal billionaire George Soros’ vast network of global nonprofits, between Feb. 27, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2016, according to Judicial Watch.
“The Obama administration seemed to bust taxpayer budgets in an effort to fund the Soros operation,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The Trump State Department and USAID should get their act together and disclose the details of the Obama-Soros spigot.”
The USAID website links to the Soros website, and said the project trained hundreds of young Macedonians “on topics such as freedom of association, youth policies, citizen initiatives, persuasive argumentation, and use of new media.”
A Judicial Watch press release on Wednesday said:
The Open Society Foundation has established and funded dozens of leftwing, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Macedonia to overthrow the conservative government. One Macedonian government official interviewed by Judicial Watch in Washington D.C. recently, calls it the ‘Soros infantry.’ The groups organize youth movements, create influential media outlets, and organize violent protests to undermine the institutions and policies implemented by the government.
Members of Congress have inquired about the USAID dollars going to Soros.
In a March 23 letter responding to inquiries from Republican senators, Joseph E. Macmanus, executive secretary with the State Department, said the USAID goal in Macedonia is for “democratic reform and civic engagement, for strengthening of the rule of law.”