- 15 Jun 2023 9:51 AM
- Hungary Matters
Péter Szijjártó said in the video of the interview uploaded to his Facebook page on Wednesday that under Trump’s leadership, political relations between the United States and Hungary hit a peak.
The latest indictment against former US president, he said, had been politically motivated and Trump was being attacked by the liberal mainstream.
The same was largely true in Europe, too, he said. Strong conservative leaders who enjoyed the support of society were attacked by the liberal mainstream, Szijjártó added.
Meanwhile, on the topic of Sweden’s NATO accession, the minister said the government supported the ratification process and has submitted a related bill to parliament.
The timing of the agenda depends on Fidesz MPs, who have a two-thirds majority, he added.
Szijjártó said Swedish politicians had “slandered” Hungary, accusing it of not being a democracy and of being a dictatorship.
He said MPs had taken this as an insult and were not yet ready to make a decision on ratification. “When they’re ready, they will make the decision,” he said, adding however that the government was supportive of Sweden’s bid.
Asked about the Russian president’s recent comment about Hungary being an unfriendly nation, and whether this had come as a surprise, Szijjártó noted that Hungary is a member of both NATO and the European Union, and Russia considered all member states of both organisations as unfriendly countries.
Put to him that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had declared that the Ukrainians were unable to win the war and only negotiations were a viable option, Szijjártó said it was certain that no resolution was possible on the battlefield.
Szijjártó said that had President Trump won the last presidential election, the war would not have broken out, noting the absence of any kind of Russian attack during Trump’s period in office. “We do look at his possible return to the White House” as the signal of hope for a peaceful future, he added.
A jury in a civil case found former President Donald Trump sexually abused a magazine columnist in the 1990s.
The jury also found Trump liable for defamation after he called the writer's accusations "a hoax and a lie".
The jury of six men and three women reached their decision after less than three hours of deliberations, reported the BBC in May this year.
Mr Trump's lawyer said the former president plans to appeal against the decision.
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