Election results are now official, so what happens next?
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In a piece written by Peter Roff, titled “Why is the US interfering in Hungary's election?”, he says that given the outcry over alleged Russian interference in the last US presidential election, it's a wonder more people on Capitol Hill are not up in arms over plans to influence the media in Hungary
In a letter sent to his colleagues, Republican Andy Harris denounced actions by the U.S. to fund so-called "opposition media" and said it "distorted the record" of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. He added that it amounted to meddling in the domestic politics of a democratic ally
Recently, the popular, Hungarian weekly Heti Világgazdagság, or HVG, published an interview with Thomas O. Melia, a former deputy state secretary in the US State Department under the Obama Administration. The interview ran under the headline, “Everyone sees what is happening in Hungary.”
Earlier this week, the chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Budapest delivered remarks on the freedom of the press. The remarks garnered a lot of attention not least because of the senior US diplomat’s very pointed criticisms and assertion that “negative trends are continuing” in the sphere of press freedom in Hungary.
“Despite pressure from the EU, the Visegrád Group is unified with regard to the fact that illegal immigration is a bad thing, and we must protect our citizens from its effects as determinedly as possible," Hungary's foreign minister said
The minister highlighted how Hungary has the lowest level of corporation tax in the European Union, in addition to which American companies also regard the government’s investor-friendly attitude and investment promotion program as major arguments in favor of Hungary
"When we root for the US president’s efforts to improve relations with Russia, we don’t do so because we’re pro-Russian or pro-American, but simply because we’re pro-Hungarian," Hungary's foreign minister said. "We must protect the security of the Hungarian people."
Zoltán Balog welcomed the US secretary’s acknowledgement of the changes in Hungarian regulations and said that Hungarian officials have already taken up contact with the states of Maryland, Massachusetts and New York
Hungary's foreign minister said “we are living in a new world and a new world order”. It is “good news” for Hungary and the rest of the world that US President Donald Trump is putting national interests first
“The Government of Hungary has stated publicly that it can only discuss the future of CEU in Hungary with relevant US authorities, which in this case is the State of New York. The Governor welcomes the opportunity to resolve this matter and to initiate discussions with the Hungarian government without delay,” the New York state governor said
1,710 American companies are employing some 100,000 people in Hungary, and Dana Hungary Limited’s new 13,000 square meter factory in Győr, which is being built with an investment of 46 million euros, would serve to further reinforce Hungarian-American economic cooperation
"Hungary actually never closed its borders to refugees or migrants. Anyone, even in the last two years, who wanted to cross the border legally [could use] border crossing stations. You provide your papers, your passport, and if you don’t have one, you basically play by the rules of the authorities and by the legislation of the EU," Hungary's deputy minster of Foreign Affairs and Trade said
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, met members of President Trump’s White House staff in Washington, including: Jason Greenblatt, the United States special representative for International Negotiations as well as ethnic Hungarian advisor Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president for National Security Affairs
“We are facing challenges, which, it is my belief, we are capable of overcoming jointly, through partnership. However, we also have huge opportunities to move forward towards the achievement of our common goals," President Trump wrote in his letter to PM Orbán
“The goals of the new government of the United States confirm the correctness of Hungarian security policy thinking, it became apparent at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC)," Hungary's defense minister said
Hungary's defense minister said that both the US and Hungary think that “a greater military presence is required in crisis zones and peace should be ensured as soon as possible so that local residents can stay and prosper in their homelands”
Although there are already plans in motion for the prime minister to visit Washington for an official visit, sources say the prime minister and the US president are set to step to the sidelines of the NATO summit to discuss Hungary-US relations
“During his telephone conversation with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, United States President-elect Donald Trump expressed his thanks for Hungary’s support of American Hungarians and also said he had always had great respect for Hungary," Hungary's foreign minister revealed