Watch: Top Trump Claim - 'Orbán is Best Leader in World'

  • 11 Mar 2024 7:00 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Watch: Top Trump Claim - 'Orbán is Best Leader in World'
“No one is better, smarter or a better leader than Viktor Orbán,” former US President Donald Trump has said.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán published the video of Trump’s remarks on his Facebook page on Saturday, together with a comment: “Thank you, Mr President!”

Orbán met Trump on Friday in the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. Talks were followed by a dinner and concert. In the video recorded at the concert, Trump said: “No one is better, smarter or a better leader than Viktor Orbán. He’s fantastic”.

“He’s a non-controversial figure because he says: ‘This is the way it’s gonna be,’ and that’s the end of it. Right? He’s the boss. No, he’s a great leader.”

“Viktor is a Great Leader, respected all over the World,” Trump said in a post on his messaging platform.

Political Director: Hungary 'Has Many Friends in US'

Hungary “has many friends” in the United States, Balázs Orbán, the prime minister’s political director, said in an interview to public radio on Sunday, in connection with Viktor Orbán’s meeting with Donald Trump in the former US president’s residence Mar-a-Lago, in Florida.

He said it was an honour for the Hungarian delegation to be hosted by the Republican Party’s presidential candidate in his own home. Peace had endured in many parts of the world while Trump was president, including in the Middle East and Ukraine, he said.

Hungary wants a ceasefire and peace talks, the political director said, adding that President Biden’s “liberal US administration thinks differently”. He added that the world and Europe would be best served if Trump returned to the White House and then established peace.

US-Russia talks could end the war with the involvement of Europe and the Ukrainians as well as possible third parties. “But America’s stance on the matter is decisive,” he said.

Trump, he said, had warned about the mounting danger of nuclear confrontation, insisting that the US should try to do “something radically different”.

Orbán said a ceasefire would open up an opportunity to resolve the security relationship between the West, NATO and Russia in the long run. While not easy, “the sooner we start, the more lives we can save”, he said.

The political director said the Biden administration had shown Hungary “ideological hostility”, even though Hungary was a good NATO ally which spent well above 2% of GDP on defence policy and contributed to numerous alliance missions.

He insisted that “circles connected to the Democrats finance the Hungarian left”, adding that Biden’s administration was on the wrong side of the Hungarian government and Hungarian people’s opinion.

Many Republicans, on the other hand, saw Hungary as a model and an important European ally, he said. Europe, Orbán said, should be an interlocutor to both the current and future leaders of the United States.

Western politicians, encouraged by Donald Trump’s stance, were increasingly speaking in favour of peace, and this was in the interest of all Hungarians, he said.

Orbán: Trump 'Is Name of Peace'

After meeting the former president of the United States, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared Donald Trump “the president of peace” who “commanded respect around the world and established conditions for peace”.

Peace endured in the Middle East in Ukraine while Trump was president, Orbán said in video released to MTI on Saturday.

“If he were still the president of the United States, there would be no war today,” he said, adding that peace would emerge when world leaders were around who wanted peace. “I’m proud that Hungary is among such countries.”

The prime minister said opportunities abounded in US-Hungary economic relations, and while trade turnover has topped 9 billion US dollars, “we don’t want to stop there”. He said “when Trump returns” to the White House, “we’ll reinvigorate US-Hungarian trade ties”.

Orbán noted that the election campaign in America was “going full steam ahead”, and it was up to Americans to come to their own decision, though Hungarians could “honestly admit that it would be better for the world and Hungary if President Donald Trump were to return.”

Szijjártó: 'Trump As Strong US President Would Guarantee Stability of Global Security'

Having a strong president in the White House always ensures a form of stability for global security, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Friday ahead of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s meeting with Donald Trump in Florida, adding that if Trump returned, the United States could again be led by a strong president.

Szijjártó said that the substantial lead Trump established in the Republican primaries this week practically guaranteed his nomination for the November election.

“So we can say that our prime minister will soon be meeting the Republican challenger [to the Democratic presidential candidate],” he said.

Szijjártó said he was convinced that had Donald Trump been elected US president in 2020, the war in Ukraine would not have happened, and the conflict in the Middle East could be resolved much faster.

He underscored that Hungary-US relations were at their peak when Trump was the president of the United States.

Meanwhile, Szijjártó said he looked forward to talks on boosting bilateral economic ties, underlining the importance of cooperation with Florida.

He said he was scheduled to meet the head of the recently established Hungarian Chamber of Business and Commerce in Florida as well as representatives of electronics maker Jabil, which employs 4,000 people in Hungary.

Other Florida-based businesses also have significant investments in Hungary, he said, adding that the Hungarian Chamber of Business and Commerce could be of help to the several Hungarian companies interested in entering the Florida market.

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