Biden again excludes Hungary from his US 'Summit for Democracy'

Turkey also was not invited to Biden's annual summit.

Published: March 24, 2023 1:12pm

Updated: March 24, 2023 1:41pm

President Joe Biden has again excluded Hungary from his annual “Summit for Democracy,” which has a guest list of 120 countries.

Turkey also was also not invited.

The president has excluded Hungary each time he's held the summit in the first two years of his presidency.

In 2020, Biden called the government "totalitarian" and said, "You see what’s happening from Belarus through Poland and Hungary and the rise of totalitarian regimes in the world.” 

Poland and Hungary do not recognize same-sex marriage and have laws restricting adoption by LGBG+ residents.

Hungary has also alienated itself within the European Union, especially since its justice minister, Judit Varga vowed to fight in the Court of Justice to defend a law passed in 2021 that banned the promotion of homosexuality and transgenderism in schools.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at last year's Conservative Political Action Committee gathering said, "We must take back the institutions in Washington and in Brussels. To sum up, the mother is a woman. The father is a man, and leave our kids alone, full stop, end of discussion.”

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