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Republican Congressman Calls Sebastian Gorka An ‘American Patriot’ — Despite Anti-Semitic Ties

President Trump’s aide Sebastian Gorka, who according to the Forward’s expose has ties with anti-Semitic groups in Hungary, has at least one defender.

Republican Trent Frank, who is co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, issued a statement Saturday praising Gorka and pushing back against claims that he was associated with anti-Semitic neo-fascist politicians from the Hungarian right wing.

The Arizona congressman said he felt compelled to respond “with disgust” to what he described as an “attempt to libel this American patriot.”

Franks said that he has called upon Gorka’s expertise in counterterrorism many times and used his work in congress. “I can attest that Dr. Gorka is the staunchest friend of Israel and the Jewish people.” Franks praised Gorka for his “understands the existential threat that Global Jihadism poses” but did not offer any evidence to refute the reports on Gorka’s ties with the Hungarian groups.

Contact Nathan Guttman at guttman@forward.com

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