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Monday 23 April 2018

Obama under fire over 'Polish death camp' gaffe

Raf Sanchez in Washington and Matthew Day in Warsaw

PRESIDENT Barack Obama is under growing pressure to apologise to Poland after that country's prime minister publicly rebuked him for making reference to "Polish death camps" in the Second World War.

Mr Obama made the gaffe during a ceremony at the White House honouring a Polish resistance hero who was among the first to warn the Allies of the slaughter in the Nazi camps.

In an extraordinary reprimand from a European leader to a US president, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Mr Obama had "offended all Poles" with his words.

"When someone says 'Polish death camps', it is as if there were no Nazis, no German responsibility, as if there were no Hitler," he said.

Radek Sikorski, the foreign minister, was more blunt. In a late-night message on Twitter, he accused the White House of "ignorance and incompetence" and demanded an apology for the "outrageous error". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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