Orban: Trump ‘strong, target-oriented’ leader

The strategic alliance between Hungary and the US has been successfully strengthened in every respect, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday after returning from Washington, DC.

Commenting after his meeting with President Donald Trump, Orban said the world faced great changes and “we’ll soon feel the headwinds of that”. Speaking at a press conference held on a different subject he added: “We made a good assessment of the situation sometime in the early 2010s.”

In a video message posted on his Facebook page, Orban called Trump a strong, “clear-headed” and “target-oriented” leader, who “exactly knows what he wants”. In the wake of their meeting in Washington, DC, Orban said Trump had been “well-prepared” and “knew everything about Hungary that had to be known”. His aim was to develop good cooperation between the two countries, Orban added.

“I think we did a lot in this respect in the talks that were based on mutual respect and held amid an excellent atmosphere,”

Orban said.

He added that he had nostalgic feelings being in the Oval Office once again, after 18 years. Orban met Bill Clinton there in 1998 and George W. Bush in 2001. Orban also said that Trump, in light of the characteristics described, was a very different leader than his predecessors.

Szijjarto: Trump, Orban meeting opens new chapter in bilateral ties

The meeting between US President Donald Trump and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has opened a new chapter in bilateral relations, and proved that Hungarian-US ties entered a “new dimension”, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Hungarian public media on Tuesday.

The Monday meeting was rich in gestures showing “mutual sympathy” between the leaders, Szijjarto said on Tuesday. The 40-minute closed-door meeting was much longer than the “ten minutes or so” usually allotted to such talks, he said. In a rare gesture, Trump also showed his guest “all the way to the White House exit” afterwards, he said. The talks were held in a “relaxed, sincere” atmosphere, Szijjarto said.

The minister, who attended the closed-door meeting as well as the subsequent plenary talks, said that Trump had been very interested in European affairs. Orban and Trump discussed issues regarding Ukraine at length and agreed that Volodymyr Zelensky, the country’s recently elected new president, may give hope for Ukraine renewing its relations with the European Union and Hungary.

Trump appreciated Hungary’s recent economic achievements, Szijjarto said. Albeit on different scales, the two countries’ economies show similarities in their falling unemployment rates — the numbers of job holders are at a peak in the US and the highest ever since the fall of communism in Hungary, he said. Those numbers demonstrate that Trump and Orban both have successful economic policies, Szijjarto said.

The leaders agreed that that data has “made many jealous,” as it can be gleaned from the attacks of the international press, Szijjarto said. However, they established that both of them have their respective people’s trust, he said.

Source & photo: MTI

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