According to Forward, Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to Donald Trump, is a member of a Hungarian far-right group. If he did not disclose that information when he became a United States citizen, his immigration status could be undermined, according to the report. Leaders of the group told the publication that Gorka took a lifelong pledge of loyalty.
The association, known as the Vitézi Rend, is listed by the State Department as one that was “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II. The Vitézi Rend was created as a loyalist group by Admiral Miklos Horthy, an anti-Semite who ruled Hungary as a nationalist from 1920 to 1944 and whose anti-Jewish laws and behaviors resulted in the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Jews to concentration camps.
If true, it would suggest that a top counter-terrorism advisor to Trump is a member of a group that is Nazi-allied. For Gorka specifically, there is the added problem of his own citizenship. According to Forward, “the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual specifies that members of the Vitézi Rend ‘are presumed to be inadmissible’ to the country under the Immigration and Nationality Act.”
Forward reported that they didn’t hear back from Gorka after repeated attempts to contact him, which one of their experts said “speaks volumes.”
Mediaite has also reached out to Gorka. If we get a response, we will let you know.
UPDATE — 2:54 p.m. EST:
Gorka gave the following quote to Tablet:
I have never been a member of the Vitez Rend. I have never taken an oath of loyalty to the Vitez Rend. Since childhood, I have occasionally worn my father’s medal and used the ‘v.’ initial to honor his struggle against totalitarianism.
Tablet reported that a White House source claimed that Gorka and the administration didn’t give the Forward a quote because they thought the allegations were too “blatantly false” to ever run.
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