Trump Praises Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Oval Office Meeting

Trump Praises Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Oval Office Meeting

US President Donald Trump welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to the White House in Washington.

"Recognizing the longstanding ties between the United States and Hungary, the President and the Prime Minister will discuss ways to deepen cooperation on a range of issues, including trade, energy, and cyber security", the White House said in a statement ahead of the visit. Trump went on to warmly praise the Hungarian leader: "He's a respected man".

Orban, who gained a third consecutive landslide election in April 2018, has become a role model for most among the civic and celebrations of Europe and has left opposing immigration his policy over the past few years. His Fidesz party was suspended by Europe's biggest political family this year over his erosion of the rule of law and Hungary is now undergoing a European Union probe for allegedly undermining democratic standards.

Like Trump, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has espoused hard-line anti-migration rhetoric. During Trump's election campaign, Orban openly sided with the USA billionaire.

"You look at some of the problems they have in Europe that are tremendous because they have done it a different way than the prime minister".

When asked whether human rights and press freedoms would be discussed at the Trump-Orban talks, a senior USA administration official with knowledge of the meeting demurred.

"Orbán was largely iced out during the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both concerned about the steps he took to consolidate power and block independent media", adds the news network.

"You have been great with respect to Christian communities", Trump said.

"Orban will be able to use the White House visit" to divert any anti-NATO along with other criticism", said Botond Feledy, also a senior fellow in Budapest's Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy, as well as for domestic purposes throughout the ongoing effort for the European Parliament elections at the end of May and Spiritual municipal elections in October.

"We are proud of Europe's Greek, Roman, Jewish and Christian heritage and also proud of the contributions Hungarians have made over the past one thousand years to that culture", Orban said. Hungary has allowed Russian Federation to exploit its "golden visa" system to evade US sanctions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, has warned Hungary that "an authoritarian Russian Federation will never be a friend to the freedom and sovereignty of smaller nations".

Trump is often accused of cozying up to autocratic leaders.

"Hungary has experienced a steady corrosion of freedom, the rule of law and quality of governance", said the May 10 letter signed by Republicans James Risch of Idaho, the committee chairman, and Marco Rubio of Florida, as well as Democrats Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

PARDAVI: So it is worrying that after 30 years of, you know, the fall of the Berlin Wall, we have to worry about whether the USA president will still consider these democratic values important enough to raise them alongside the arms deals or the security deals.

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