President Trump welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House Monday. The far-right nationalist leader is known for his hard-line anti-immigrant policies and rolling back democratic institutions and checks on his power. This is Orbán and Trump speaking from the Oval Office.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán: “We have some similar approaches. And I would like to express that 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.”
President Donald Trump: “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. And you look at some of the problems that they have in Europe that are tremendous because they’ve done it a different way than the prime minister.”
Trump’s predecessors, Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, declined to host Orbán over concerns about his leadership. Orbán has closed down Hungary’s southern border, building a razor wire fence to keep out refugees, many of them from Syria, and deported refugees already in the country.