Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he and US President Donald Trump strengthened their two countries’ strategic ties in a number of areas in their meeting at the White House. Speaking to public media, Orbán noted that he last visited the White House 18 years ago. “I felt the difference … there’s a different kind of leadership now with more ambitious policies,” the prime minister said. He said the meeting had been important for Hungary, because the two countries had strengthened their strategic economic, political and security relations. Hungary and the US also strengthened their cooperation on the issue of migration and the aiding of persecuted Christians, the prime minister added.
At the meeting, Trump praised Orbán’s efforts to preserve Hungary’s security. He called Hungary a “very good member of NATO” and hailed the government’s efforts against illegal immigration.
The talks lasted significantly longer than originally planned, and began with closed-door meeting that was also attended by Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and US National Security Advisor John Bolton.