With the former president back in the White House, the two nations would have the ‘best’ relationship, the foreign secretary says
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said his Conservative government could look forward to the “best political relationship ever” with the United States if Donald Trump is re-elected in 2024.
“We work with those who are elected here in the United States,” Szijjarto told Fox News on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday. “Well, but we have to be honest: if you look at the relationship, the political relationship under [a] conservative or republican administration and under [a] Democratic administration, there is a big change.
Former President Donald Trump was an admirer of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, lavishing praise on Orban during his tenure and giving the prime minister’s re-election his “full support” earlier this year. Both leaders opposed mass immigration and positioned themselves as opponents of liberalism and globalism – and both received backlash from NGOs and the media for these views, with the EU also threatening to cut off the funding from Hungary.
President Joe Biden, on the other hand, has publicly called Orban’s government a “Totalitarian regime”ended a tax treaty with the central European nation and invited all EU leaders except Orban to a “democracy summit” last year.
“Under President Trump, we had the best political relations ever between the two countries, [the] the best relationship ever,” Szijjarto told Fox. “We have great respect for President Trump.”
Asked if Hungary would like to see Trump return to the White House in 2024, Szijjarto said he was “rather safe” the same “better” the relationship would resume if Trump ran again and won.
Orban and Trump have also found common ground on the conflict in Ukraine. Trump has repeatedly criticized Biden for sending tens of billions of dollars worth of weapons to Ukraine, accusing his successor of risking “Third World War”. Orban, who refused to allow arms into Ukraine through Hungarian borders, publicly stated in July that the conflict would not have happened “if we had had a little more luck and that at this crucial hour the President of the United States of America was called Donald Trump.
Trump is widely believed to be preparing to announce his 2024 candidacy and said earlier this month he would “to make a decision in the very near future.”