Trump embraces another, ahem, "autocrat"


Former Staff
Apr 2007
Deep State
The president admires dictators, no?

Trump Greets Hungary's Hard-Right Leader In Oval Office

"People have a lot of respect for this Prime Minister," said the president in a photo-op in the Oval Office before their meeting. Trump went on to warmly praise the Hungarian leader. "He's a respected man. And I know he's a tough man, but he's a respected man. And he's done the right thing, according to many people, on immigration."

"We are proud to stand together with the United States on fighting against illegal migration, on terrorism, and to protect and help the Christian communities all around the world," Orbán added.

Orbán had not visited the White House under Presidents Obama or Bush.

Trump's meeting with Orbán fits a pattern, former State Department official Rob Berschinski told NPR's Kelemen.

"Everyone from the Egyptian president to the Russian president to Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines to Erdogan in Turkey. Trump certainly sees Orbán as an ideological ally. Orbán was essentially running a political platform on the basis of an anti-immigration message," said Berschinski, now a senior vice president at Human Rights First.