Despite criticism, Viktor Orban received by his" ICON " Donald Trump in Washingto

US President Donald Trump welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to the Oval Office of the White House on Monday, May 13, 2019.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban visited US President Donald Trump on Monday. A meeting that offers a platform of choice for the Hungarian leader, less than two weeks before the European elections. 

US President Donald Trump received Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Washington on Monday, 13 May, one of his rare supporters in Europe. In September, he went so far as to call the tenant of the White House an"icon."

Donald Trump makes him feel good. He, in turn, welcomed the Hungarian Prime Minister's record on immigration. "You have done a good job and you have ensured the security of your country," said the American head of State. "He's tough but he's respected," continued the White House tenant about the Hungarian leader.

A break with traditional alliances


With less than two weeks of European elections in which the populist camp should make a push, this tête-à-tête with the president of the United States, which multiplies the spikes against the European Union, can serve as a megaphone for the eurosceptic speech of Viktor Orban.

The announcement of this visit came on the day that the head of American diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, cancelled at the last minute a trip to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

An irony of the calendar that many observers have seen as emblematic of the evolution of transatlantic relations since the election of the Republican billionaire, accused of preferring strong men, or even autocrats, to the leaders of Western democracies, Washington's traditional allies.

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Russian proximity and" erosion " of democracy


Several voices were raised in Washington to denounce the visit of the head of the Hungarian government, accused of undermining democracy in his country.

It "has no place in the Oval Office," said Rob Berschinski of Human Rights First and Hal Brands of Johns Hopkins University. "This confirms an absolutely threatening strategy for transatlantic security," they added in an op-ed published by The Washington Post.


This is due, in particular, to the growing proximity between NATO member Hungary and Russia. The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, warned Budapest of its ties with Moscow during a visit to the Hungarian capital in February.

Several Democrat MPs have even called in a letter Donald Trump to give up welcoming Viktor Orban, until he "gets his country back on the road to democracy and Human Rights".

Great that 4 members of US Congress (Rep. and Dem.) urge Trump to raise concerns on #Hungary''s democratic decline in his meeting w/ Orban on Monday. “We hope Hungary will return to the democratic root and inspiring history”https://t.co/jKrLPJY0t2 pic.twitter.com/PbYauRTagm
  Philippe Dam (@philippe_dam) May 11, 2019

A group of influential Democratic but also Republican senators urged the host of the White House, in another letter, to raise during his talks with the Hungarian leader the "erosion" of democracy in his country.
Asked whether freedom of the press and human rights would be on the agenda of this one-on-one meeting, a senior American official evaded : "the purpose of this meeting is simply to strengthen the strategic relationship between allied countries", "not necessarily to discuss every topic of bilateral relations", he told journalists, assuring that these issues had already been discussed with Budapest.

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United States: Trump meets Orban under fire * Global Voices


Less than two weeks before the European elections, Trump welcomed Victor Orban to the White House. A visit that has attracted criticism in Washington. The Hungarian Prime Minister is known for his eurosceptic speech and his nationalist excesses. But Viktor Orban is one of the few European leaders to openly say that he is an admirer of Donald Trump. That is why the president of the United States received it with great pomp and ceremony.

"It is a great honour to have you here, you are a very respected man, somewhat controversial like me, but it is not a big deal," said Donald Trump, welcoming the Hungarian Prime Minister.


"We have similar approaches in our fight against illegal immigration," said Viktor Orban. This declared closeness will undoubtedly upset the Democrats. They denounce the visit of the Hungarian Prime Minister, who, according to them, carries values contrary to those of the United States.

In a letter to the White House, members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee from both parties asked Trump to speak to his interlocutor about the erosion of democracy in Hungary and alerted the president about the threat posed by Viktor Orban to American interests in Europe.


On the White House side, it is said that it is a question of countering the Russian and Chinese influence on Eastern Europe. In particular, they intend to express their concern about the development of Chinese 5G in Hungary.

The Americans also hope to sell arms and natural gas. For Trump, who prides himself on being an excellent negotiator, the key is always to do business and win market share.


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