Trump meets with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Budapest relies heavily on Russian energy and Orban's government has maintained close ties to Moscow

Updated: August 2, 2022 - 7:06pm

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Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to discuss world issues and celebrate his recent reelection.

"Great spending time with my friend, Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary," Trump said in a statement. "We discussed many interesting topics—few people know as much about what is going on in the world today. We were also celebrating his great electoral victory in April."

Orban secured a fourth term as Hungary's prime minister in April of this year, running on a platform critical of both the European Union and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom he labeled an "opponent." His party secured 53% of the vote against a coalition of opposition parties.

Budapest relies heavily on Russian energy and Orban's government has maintained close ties to Moscow, even amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin also congratulated Orban on his electoral win.

Similar to Trump, Orban has maintained strong support for restrictive border and immigration policies amid a migration surge on his continent, tightening controls despite his nation's membership in a free travel zone within the EU.

The former president did not elaborate on his discussions with the prime minister, though his meeting with an international leader may lead to further speculation that he intends to launch a bid to return to the White House.