Iowa Congressman Steve King has ensured that Austria’s Freedom Party leader Heinz Christian-Strache will be in attendance at the Donald Trump inauguration in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 20.
King—well-known for his conservative views—issued the invitation to Strache and to Norbert Hofer, the latter in his capacity as speaker of the Austrian parliament, to attend the inauguration.
Strache and his team arrived in Washington D.C. a few days ago, it has emerged, and have already held what the FPÖ leader described as “excellent talks” at the international Republican Club of Capitol Hill with Congressman King and leading Republican Party activist Michele Bachmann, a former member of congress from Minnesota.
Strache also met with the Hungarian ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Reka Szemerkenyi, and “other U.S. Congress members,” he said on Facebook.
Earlier, Strache said that there was a “high level of interest” in his delegation’s visit in the U.S., although not directly on the part of Donald Trump himself.
Congressman King visited Vienna in October 2016 to meet with the FPÖ at the height of that year’s second presidential campaign.
Congressman King is unusual in American politics in that he dares to speak openly about some of the most important issues of the day.
For example, in July 2016, while participating in a panel discussion on MSNBC, he responded to the suggestion from another participant that the 2016 convention could be the last in which “old white people would command the Republican Party’s attention” by saying that
“This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie. I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”
Later, in an interview with ABC News, King said he had meant to say that “Western civilization,” rather than “white people,” is the “superior culture.” He said that “when you describe Western civilization that can mean much of Western civilization happens to be Caucasians. But we should not apologize for our culture or our civilization.”
Strache and Hofer’s attendance at the inauguration should not be taken as a sign of endorsement from Donald Trump, observers have pointed out, despite the president-elect having openly opposed the Third World fake refugee invasion of Europe.