'Like me, a little controversial': Trump praises Hungary's anti-immigration PM Orban

'Like me, a little controversial': Trump praises Hungary's anti-immigration PM Orban

'Like me, a little controversial': Trump praises Hungary's anti-immigration PM Orban

"So why was Hungary's far-right prime minister Viktor Orbán meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Monday?" writes CNN.

"We have some similar approaches", Orban said of Trump.

"Probably, like me, a little bit controversial, but that's OK, that's OK". "That's okay. You've done a good job and you've kept your country safe". He has refused to be confined to engaging only with traditional power players in the West. Orban has been accused of dismantling democratic institutions in his country. "They said no collusion".

"We are proud to stand together with the United States on fighting against illegal immigration, on terrorism and to protect and help the Christian communities around the world", said Orban during the briefing.

"I don't need it", he said as he met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

"I know he's a tough man, but he's a respected man, and he's done the right thing, according to many people, on immigration", Trump added.

While Orban has become the poster child of resurgent far-right groups in Europe, he's a pariah to mainstream political parties.

"Viktor Orban has done a tremendous job in so many different ways", Trump said during a photo opportunity at the start of his talks with Orban on Monday, local time.

Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First both said, however, that Orban has not only assaulted the rule of law and basic human rights in Hungary, but has "employed anti-migrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic and xenophobic rhetoric while targeting civil society organizations and universities receiving funding from overseas".

"I'm liking what I see", he said of the roster of 22 Democrats. They also discussed how best to increase vigilance against unchecked global migration and to address China's unfair trade and investment practices.

Orban said he had not been in the United States for 20 years.

There has been an upturn in U.S. -Hungary connections in recent months, embodied, such as in the bilateral defense cooperation agreement signed in early April along with an earlier announcement about Hungarian plans to purchase medium-range missiles from American resources to improve the country's air defense program. During Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's February visit, Hungary confirmed it considering buying a USA medium-range air-defense system. And so far, Hungary has not heeded USA warnings about Chinese telecom companies.

Even as Democrats are battling President Trump with subpoenas for documents and witnesses with a looming threat to impeach, many pro-Republican lawyers are slamming Trump for "abuses of power" than defending him as a party leader.

"We must state that we do not want to be diverse", he said in a 2018 speech.

Hungary has been in talks about purchasing military equipment from a USA supplier. Late past year, the State Department said Hungary denied a US request to extradite two suspected Russian arms dealers and sent the men to Russia instead. The senators said they are "profoundly concerned" about the close relationship between Orban and Russian Federation, which has allowed President Vladimir Putin's government to evade US sanctions and extraditions.

But Trump didn't mention any US concerns about Orban's administration to reporters. At no point, however, did he warn Putin not to meddle in the next election.

"Everyone from the Egyptian president to the Russian president to Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines to [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan in Turkey".

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