Unexpected Departure Of US Ambassador To Hungary Announced

  • 16 Sep 2020 9:35 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Unexpected Departure Of US Ambassador To Hungary Announced
David Cornstein has announced his departure, effective November 1, after two years in Hungary. He said he had informed Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and US President Donald Trump.

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In a statement on the US embassy website, Cornstein said “it has been an honour and a privilege to serve the country that I love in a country that I have come to cherish, but our bilateral relationship is more than just one person.

Working with the entire team at US Embassy Budapest, both Americans and Hungarians, I am proud of how much we have accomplished together in strengthening our countries’ bonds as allies.”

Last October in an exclusive interview with XpatLoop, when asked 'On a scale of 1 to 10 how happy are you with your life in Hungary, and why?' he said:

"What’s not to love - delicious food, world class talents, amazing history; but I haven’t been able to see as much of the countryside as I’d like.  So, I’d say a 9, just because I have more I want to do.  A 10 would mean I was done."

Full Statement By U.S. Embassy in Budapest:

"It was with a deep sense of pride, as well as some sadness, that I informed President Trump and Foreign Minister Szijjarto that I will be stepping down as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary on November 1.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the country that I love in a country that I have come to cherish, but our bilateral relationship is more than just one person.

Working with the entire team at U.S. Embassy Budapest, both Americans and Hungarians, I am proud of how much we have accomplished together in strengthening our countries’ bonds as allies.

While I will miss Hungary and all the wonderful friends and memories I have made here, my Embassy team, Hungary, and the Hungarian people will always remain in my heart."

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