Steve Bannon will make his first appearance since leaving the White House. (Mike Theiler/AFP/Getty Images)
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Former White House advisor Steve Bannon's first public appearance since leaving the White House will occur at the Zionist Organization of America's annual gala in November, the Atlantic reported. The Zionist Organization of America is a pro-Israel group.
ZOA has been vague about Bannon's role in the gala but said he will be at the event. The group said Bannon is making a "special appearance" at the event.
“All I can tell you is Steve Bannon is going to be at the dinner," ZOA President Morton Klein told the Atlantic.
Bannon may introduce ZOA's largest donor, Sheldon Adelson, but Klein told the Atlantic he was unsure of whether or not that would occur.
The former White House advisor was slated to attend last year's gala but never showed, something Klein attributes to Bannon's involvement in the 2016 election and transition to the White House, the Atlantic reported.
“Steve is one of the best friends that Israel has had in any administration,” said Arthur Schwartz, external political and policy adviser to ZOA. “We're honored that he accepted our invitation."
Other prominent figures scheduled to attend the gala include U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, Sen. Tom Cotton (R- Ark.) and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).
ZAO at odds with H.R. McMaster
ZAO has been a prominent opponent of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. The group feels McMaster is continuing the Obama administration's policies that negatively affect Israel.
Earlier this month, ZAO released a report that claimed McMaster ousted National Security Council members "who support the U.S.-Israel alliance – an alliance that is vital to America’s ability to combat radical Islamist terrorism."
The group put together a list of figures — like Bannon, K.T. McFarland and Derek Harvey — that they felt advocated for a U.S.-Israel alliance who were booted from the NSC as a reason to call for McMaster's reassignment.
"General McMaster has appointed officials who are holdovers from the Obama administration, who favor the Iran nuclear deal and are hostile to Israel – officials who are diametrically opposed to President Trump’s policies," ZAO said in the report.
During his tenure in the White House, Bannon attempted to use his influence to have McMaster fired, Business Insider reported earlier this month. Bannon allegedly used right-wing news site Breitbart, which he was the former editor of, to plant negative information about McMaster.
Will Bannon and ZAO continue to pressure the Trump Administration into letting McMaster go? Only time will tell.
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