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May 14, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

PM Orbán: We have reinforced our relationship as allies on several important fronts

The relationship between Hungary and the United States carries an important strategic dimension. And yesterday, with the meeting between our prime minister and the president of the United States, the relationship has taken on a new air.

“I could feel the difference,” Prime Minister Orbán told Hungarian media following yesterday’s joint press conference with President Trump in the Oval Office, recalling his last visit to the White House 18 years ago. “Today, there is a different, more ambitious leadership.”

In a video message posted on his Facebook page, Prime Minister Orbán said that President Trump is a “strong leader, a clear-headed leader, a goal-oriented man, who knows exactly what he wants.”

“He knew everything about Hungary that he had to, and his goal was to establish good cooperation between Hungary and the United States,” PM Orbán added.

According to the PM, yesterday’s meeting was very important for Hungary because they managed to strengthen allied relations between Hungary and the United States in several important areas, including economic and security policy, foreign affairs, migration and aid to persecuted Christians.

“The relationship is very good with Hungary,” President Trump said opening the joint press conference. “People have a lot of respect for the prime minister,” he continued. “He has done the right thing according to many people on immigration.” 

In response, PM Orbán said that Hungary is proud “to stand together with the United States on fighting illegal migration, on terrorism and protecting Christian communities around the world.” Referring to the shared values of Hungary and the United States, Prime Minister Orbán added that when it comes to democracy, the most important principle in Hungary remains “from the people, by the people, for the people.” 

“You’ve done a good job, you kept your country safe,” President Trump told PM Orbán regarding his migration policy and border protection efforts, reminding critical voices in the press that “[Hungary is] a member of NATO. And a very good member of NATO.”

As the prime minister said, we can “feel the difference”.

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