Did a Polish Far Right Activist Help Donald Trump Write His Speech in Warsaw?Historians in the News
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Updated | A Polish historian accused of anti-Semitism reportedly helped draft President Donald Trump’s speech in Warsaw and travelled to Poland as part of the presidential delegation.
In a landmark speech on his vision of the future of Europe Thursday, on the first leg of his European trip, Trump praised Poland, whose government shares his hardline anti-immigration stance: "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive," he said, and argued that the country helped to defend Western freedoms.
But questions have been raised about Trump’s alleged decision to consult a Polish historian and far-right activist about the speech, which was delivered at the monument to the 1944 Warsaw uprising against the Nazis. Polish Jewish leaders have criticized Trump for being the first U.S. president in decades to visit Warsaw and not to make a visit to the monument of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Jews, reported Haaretz.
On June 3, Polish state television reported that historian Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, who teaches at the Washington D.C. Institute of World Politics, had been consulted on the speech by the White House. Chodakiewicz has bragged to Polish media that he would be travelling to Poland on board Air Force One.
According to the U.K. based Hope not Hate anti-racism charity, Chodakiewicz is a frequent commentator on right-wing Polish media and has expressed anti-Semitic views.