Hungaryʼs government congratulates Donald Trump

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Early this morning Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and several senior ministers issued statements congratulating President-elect Donald Trump, who will become the 45th president of the United States of America, following a “historic” election resulting in Trump’s “landslide” victory, according to reports.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a picture posted on his official Facebook page together with his congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump.

Posting a message on his official Facebook page, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wrote: “Congratulations. What a great news. Democracy is still alive.”

During what many critics saw as a controversial Trump campaign, Orbán was one of only a few leaders worldwide who praised some elements of Trump’s campaignOrbán was reported as saying that “Trump’s foreign policy would be the best for us […] Trump defends the monitoring of migrants. He also opposes democracy building in other countries, and I agree with him on this.” Although Orbán has insisted he never endorsed Trump, he has agreed with his position on the matter of migration.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó also expressed his appreciation of the U.S. election results this morning, according to reports.

“The Hungarian government congratulates Donald Trump on his presidential election victory. Hungary is ready for cooperation,” the minister said. The minister added that Americans have made a decision, and democracy has strengthened in an extraordinary election campaign. He added that the world economy and global politics have entered a new era, posing historical challenges for the whole world, the tackling of which will require a new and courageous approach, and new and innovative politics, according to a report by Hungarian news portal origo.hu.

In connection with the prime minister’s comments on Trump, Szijjártó stressed earlier that Orbán had said that “what the Republican candidate represents in migration policy on many points overlaps with the Hungarian point of view.” He also noted that what the Democrat candidate represents does not. “This is the truth. But we do not vote; the Americans will,” the minister added at that time. 

Hungary’s Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga also congratulated Trump this morning. According to Varga, it has been proven that democracy works in America, origo.hu reported. Varga said he expects a new era to begin in Hungarian-American relations.

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