Trump praises Orban as ‘tough’ defender of Christians

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 16, 2019

Trump said it was a "great honour" to host Orban in the White House and praised him for keeping Hungary safe. Former US President Barack Obama did not welcome Orban, and similarly his predecessor George W. Bush did not welcome a Hungarian prime minister.

During a question-and-answer session with reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said he "would certainly agree to" that commitment. The timing of the meeting was nearly a humiliation. They say the visit is important as Trump seeks to pull Hungary back from recent alignments with Russian Federation, reward members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that increase their commitments to defense, limit China's global reach through 5G networks and sell USA weapons overseas. Hungary's prime minister had to settle for last place. "But over the term of Viktor Orban's presidency, the institutions have started to weaken and then disappear".

"I know he's a tough man, but he's a respected man", Trump said, adding that people should look at some of the "tremendous" problems Europe is facing because "they've done things differently" to Hungary. The president described his guest this way: "Probably, like me, a little bit controversial, but that's OK".

"That's what Nixon did", Yoo said and added that is what other "presidents who have failed have done".

United States ties with Budapest were chilly under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, who often chided Orban for cracking down on civil liberties and freedom of the press in Hungary.

Trump, to some extent, is letting him out of the penalty box, because he's been shunned for a long time. Trump's government and his Republicans party are also divided about Hungary's prime minister. Michele Kelemen, NPR News, the State Department. There are also considerable conflicts of interest between the U.S. and Hungary.

Orban, Hungary's prime minister from 1998-2002 and again since 2010, has been criticized by the European Union, of which it is a member, as well as global human rights groups for a perceived decline in human rights and democracy in his country. Late previous year, the State Department said Hungary denied a USA request to extradite two suspected Russian arms dealers and sent the men to Russia instead. "But she wasn't holding her breath that President Trump would raise any of that, even with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally". We hope that Hungary will return to these democratic roots and inspiring history. In Orban's case this could mean that Hungary is going to buy United States weapons worth hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars.

The meeting in Washington will pay for topics such as regional security, defense cooperation, bilateral relations and energy security government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs tweeted.

Americans proudly supported Hungarian freedom fighters against Soviet invaders in 1956 and the world was inspired 30 years ago this month when Hungarians tore down the fence between their country and Austria, a landmark event in 1989's remarkable democratic transitions across Europe.

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