Orbán to meet Trump in Washington


Gints Ivuskans/Shutterstock

U.S. President Donald Trump has extended an invitation to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to meet in Washington D.C., Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told pro-government news site on Thursday.

U.S. President Donald Trump pictured at the NATO summit in Brussels in July 2018, with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán standing behind (photo: Gints Ivuskans/Shutterstock)

The meeting will take place on May 13. According to Szijjártó, the trip will be a "working visit," including negotiations about subjects including energy security, defense cooperation, bilateral relations, and regional security.

According to, by inviting Orbán, Trump is making an effort to counter the influence of China and Russia in Hungary.

The invitation is in line with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeoʼs comments made during his February visit to Hungary. Back then, Pompeo noted that the U.S. has been a "no show" in the region for a long time and promised that the Trump administration will pursue a closer relationship with countries in the region, in what he regarded as a shift from the policies of the Obama administration.

Back in February, Pompeo also called attention to the potential division Russia is seeking to widen between the region’s NATO countries with its activities in Ukraine, while noting the importance of freedom and civil society to counter the authoritarian tendencies of Russia and China.

Pointedly, Pompeo also met with representatives of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union during his visit, both organizations that have been among the NGOs targeted repeatedly by Hungaryʼs government in recent times.

The last Hungarian prime minister to visit the White House was Ferenc Gyurcsány in 2005, noted, the website of the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service. The site also observed that despite Orbánʼs early advocacy for Trump (being the first national leader in the European Union to endorse the candidate in the 2016 U.S. election campaign), he will be the last of the leaders of the Visegrád Group, which also includes Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, to meet with Trump at the White House.

Number of Doctors per 10,000 Inhabitants Reaches 44 Figures

Number of Doctors per 10,000 Inhabitants Reaches 44

Windfall Taxes on Some Companies Phasing out From 2025 Government

Windfall Taxes on Some Companies Phasing out From 2025

Budapest’s Theater Under the Stars Interview

Budapest’s Theater Under the Stars

This Year's Fruit Harvest Promises Good Pálinka Season Drinks

This Year's Fruit Harvest Promises Good Pálinka Season


Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.