In an interview with Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap, US Ambassador David Cornstein recalled that the Obama administration was openly criticising the Orban government in Hungary, instead of seeking dialogue. The ambassador – a friend of President Donald Trump – stressed that according to his experiences in the world of business, dialogue brings better results, so he came here to work with the Hungarian government.
According to Cornstein, his cooperation with the government “couldn’t be better” and Viktor Orban’s team is “fantastic”. Speaking of the recent achievements in bilateral ties, he highlighted the defence cooperation, which is “very important not just for the US and for Hungary, but also for Central Europe”. Cornstein noted that the Orban government plans to spend 2% of the GDP on defence and he added that hopefully Hungary will purchase American military equipment as well.
Regarding Hungary’s conflict with Ukraine over the education law – which discriminates minorities, including the ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia -, Cornstein said he sees more optimism after the election of Volodymyr Zelensky.
Asked about the impeachment efforts against President Trump, the ambassador said “certain people hate President Trump more than they love the US”. According to Cornstein, the efforts are likely to succeed in the House of Representatives, but not in the Senate.
Source: Hungary Journal