Hungarian PM Orban Meets Ex-US President Trump Ahead of CPAC Conference

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Donald Trump at the former US president’s golf club in New Jersey on August 2 ahead of a planned speech at the CPAC conference.

Orban and Trump were pictured shaking hands at Trump’s Bedminister, New Jersey, golf course, in video released by the Hungarian leader and the country’s foreign affairs minister, Peter Szijjarto.

A close ally of Trump’s during his presidency, Orban is expected to speak at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference conference in Texas.

Orban recently attracted controversy over a speech he gave in which, speaking about race, he said, “we are willing to mix with one another, but we do not want to become peoples of mixed-race.” The speech was widely criticized; one of Orban’s advisors, Zsuzsa Hegedus, quit following the speech, calling it “a pure Nazi text”, according to reports.

Orban subsequently issued a statement saying “my government has a zero tolerance policy on anti-Semitism and racism.” Hegedus in turn wrote another letter in which she mentioned her family’s history in the Holocaust, saying, “this horror could only have happened because too many people were silent,” according to an online translation of her remarks.

Storyful has not translated Orban’s Facebook post. Credit: Viktor Orban via Storyful