A number of US Jewish organisations have called for the resignation of a Trump administration aide after a report surfaced that claimed that he had ties to an antisemitic group in Hungary.
Sebastian Gorka, a counter-terrorism adviser to US President Donald Trump, is reportedly a member of Vitezi Rend, listed by the US State Department as a group affiliated with Nazi Germany.
The group was founded by Miklos Horthy, a Nazi ally who ruled Hungary from 1920 to 1944.
Contacted by Buzzfeed following a report in the New York Jewish paper, The Forward, Gorka referred questions to the White House Press Office, who have yet to comment on the matter.
The Forward later received confirmation from the leader of the Historical Vitézi Rend organisation stating that Gorka is still a member.
Gorka, however, has previously denied any affiliation with the group.
"I have never been a member of the Vitez Rend," he told Tablet recently. "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 honour his struggle against totalitarianism."
"Sebastian Gorka must resign — and President Trump must make it happen," executive director of the Anne Frank Centre for Mutual Respect, Steven Goldstein, said in a statement.
"That Sebastian cannot even deny he has links with a Nazi-affiliated organisation," the statement added, "is symptomatic of the grotesque antisemitism that has infected the White House."
"How many ducks in the Trump White House must walk, talk and quack antisemitically before our country wakes up and sees the problem?"
The National Jewish Democratic Council, a Washington DC-based political lobbying group, also called for Gorka's resignation.
Rabbi Jack Moline, President of Interfaith Alliance, later called on the White House to "clean house," following reports of Gorka's "extensive and troubling" ties to the Hungarian far-Right group.
Gorka, who previously worked for White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at Breitbart News, was born in the United Kingdom to Hungarian parents who fled the country during the nation's 1956 revolution, according to his biography on the Institute for World Politics.Monday, March 20, 2017