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UANI's efforts are particularly notable in light of the group's close ties to the Trump administration; Iran's regional adversaries Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel; and the Republican Party's biggest donors, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson.
Senior UANI adviser John Bolton worked for UANI both before and after his stint in the Trump administration as national security adviser. UANI's umbrella group, Counter Extremism Project United Inc, paid Bolton $240,000 between 2016 and 2017. Bolton's appointment as national security adviser was quickly followed by Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.
Besides Bolton, the Trump administration twice sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to UANI's annual conference, held during the United Nations General Assembly. Pompeo used the occasions to promote outlandish claims about Europe purportedly financing Iranian terrorism and to present the administration's "maximum pressure" strategy to UANI's audience, which included senior diplomats and intelligence officials from the Persian Gulf and Israel.