Hungary aims to strengthen its strategic alliance with the United States, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House.
Hungary and the US have similar approaches to a variety of global political issues, Orbán said in the Oval Office, mentioning illegal immigration, the fight against terrorism and the protection of Christian communities. Asked about Hungary’s democratic reforms, the prime minister said his government was operating on the basis of the constitution approved in 2011. He noted that his government had won multiple elections, adding that “we are happy to serve our nation.”
Trump praised Orbán’s efforts to preserve Hungary’s security, saying the Hungarian prime minister was “respected all over Europe”. He called Hungary a “very good member of NATO”. Trump also praised Orbán’s handling of illegal migration. “You look at some of the problems that they have in Europe that are tremendous because they have done it a different way than the prime minister,” Trump said.
The meeting lasted significantly longer than originally planned, and began with a closed-door meeting that was also attended by Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and US National Security Advisor John Bolton.