US President Donald Trump is to host Hungary’s firebrand anti-immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the White House next week, officials said on Tuesday.
“President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary to the White House on May 13, 2019,” the administration said in a statement.
“Recognizing the longstanding ties between the United States and Hungary, the president and the prime minister will discuss ways to deepen cooperation on a range of issues, including trade, energy, and cyber security.”
As leaders of NATO countries, the statement said, Trump and Orban will “explore opportunities to meet the many national security responsibilities of their two countries.”
Orban’s anti-immigration campaigns in Europe echo many of the themes of Trump’s own drive to build a wall on the US-Mexico border and his attempts to thwart migrants seeking US asylum.
With elections to the European Parliament to be held later this month, Orban’s hardline — some say xenophobic — stance against refugees and “Brussels bureaucrats” has alienated even former conservative allies.
His Fidesz party was suspended in March from the EU’s biggest and most influential political grouping, the conservative European Peoples Party, after running a controversial billboard campaign accusing European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker of plotting to flood Europe with migrants.
On Monday, Orban withdrew his support for the EPP’s lead candidate to replace Juncker, Manfred Weber of Germany, a former ally.
Weber said Tuesday that Hungary was going in the “wrong direction” under Orban.
Jim Jordan’s lies about the Steele report completely demolished by Fusion GPS founders
Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy" the founders of Fusion GPS, which was behind the Steele report which led to an investigation into Donald Trump's relationship with Russia, slapped down claims made by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) made during the House Judiciary Committee hearings this past week.
Host Joy Reid began by sharing a clip of the Ohio Republican's rant during the Trump impeachment hearings, where he claimed, "The guy who write the dossier was, quote, 'desperate to stop Trump.' The dossier they are using to get a warrant to further spy on the Trump campaign didn't tell the court the guy who wrote the dossier was working for the Clinton campaign."
Support for impeachment climbs to 54 percent in Fox News poll after Trump pitches fit over previous poll
Support for impeaching President Donald Trump hit a record high of 54% in a Fox News poll that was released on Sunday.
Half of those surveyed told Fox News that the president should be impeached and removed. An additional 4% believe that the president should only be impeached. In all, 13 percent more respondents thought that the president should be impeached than those who thought he shouldn't.
Pentagon investigating white power signs flashed as Trump attended Army-Navy game
Spokespeople for West Point and Annapolis told reporters on Saturday that the Army and Navy are "looking into" the possible use of a white power hand signal by military personnel during the ESPN broadcast of the two branches' annual football game.
This article first appeared in Salon
"We’re looking into it. I don’t know what their intention is," Lt. Col. Chris Ophardt, a West Point spokesman, told reporters shortly after the sign was flashed on television, according to The Wall Street Journal. His comments were echoed by Cmdr. Alana Garas, who told the press that "we are aware and will be looking into it."