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Jan 22, 2018

New United States ambassador to Hungary could arrive in Budapest by late spring or early summer

President Trump is expected to nominate David Cornstein to serve as the next ambassador to Hungary

The prime minister’s chief advisor for American affairs has said that the new United States ambassador to Hungary could arrive in Budapest by late spring or early summer.

According to hirado.hu, Jenő Megyesy said the US Senate will first have to confirm the nomination of the ambassador.

President Trump is expected to nominate David Cornstein to serve as the next ambassador to Hungary. Megyesy said that this would mean that the US ambassador would again be a political appointee, just as in the past 20 years.

He added that it would “not necessarily be a problem” if the ambassador was not a career diplomat, arguing that a political appointee has an easier time “staying independent from the system” because they tend to be closer to the president.

“I expect that the arrival of the new ambassador will continue to move things in a positive direction," Megyesy said.

Megyesy said that there are no plans for a prime ministerial visit to Washington as of yet. He said bilateral meetings were more important when the two sides have an important subject or disagreement to discuss, adding that right now this was not the case in US-Hungary relations.