Former American diplomats of – mostly – the Obama era praised US Charge d’affaires David Kostelancik in a letter to the members of the US Congress’s Hungarian caucus, according to Origo.
David Kramer, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Thomas O. Melia, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Daniel B. Baer former OSCE-ambassador and Rob Berschinski, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor warned the members of the Hungarian American Caucus of the situation in Hungary. To their letter they also attached Kostelancik speech at the Hungarian Association of Journalists (MUOSZ) about press freedom. In the letter they heavily criticised the Hungarian government’s policies, particularly regarding NGOs and migration.
One day earlier, Origo reported that three Republican members of the Congress, Dennis Ross (Florida), Andy Harris (Maryland) and Mike Coffmann (Colorado) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, supporting Hungary and criticising Kostelancik’s lecture.