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Jan 10, 2018

Congressman asks U.S. State Department to axe funding for independent media outlets 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

A Republican congressman has asked U.S. lawmakers to sign onto a letter urging the State Department to axe funding for independent media outlets in Hungary. 

In a letter sent to his colleagues, Rep. 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.

"Prime Minister Orban has been a vocal supporter of President Trump since early on in the campaign and Orban's approaches to many policy issues ... closely mirror those of President Trump," Harris wrote in the letter, according to The Hill.

"Just as President Trump has declared 'America First' so too has Hungary pursued its own national interests, many times in the face of liberal, Soros funded, opposition," Harris added. 

Harris is well known for being vocal in the United States. He recently railed against a plan announced by the State Department that seeks to provide as much as 700,000 USD in funding to "increase citizens’ access to objective information about domestic and global issues of public importance."