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Trump praises Orbán’s anti-migration efforts

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is doing a good job of defending his country from migrants, U.S. President Donald Trump said after a bilateral meeting in the White House.

“Viktor Orbán has done a tremendous job in so many ways, highly respected, respected all over Europe (…). You’ve done a good job – you kept your country safe”, Trump said.

In a press release prior to the meeting, the White House said the meeting was in the context of the 20th anniversary of Hungary joining NATO. This was the first top-level U.S.-Hungarian meeting in 14 years.

Orbán said “we are proud that so many Hungarians contributed to the tremendous progress of the United States”, adding “I am very happy to be here again”. Orbán’s first visit to the White House was in 1998 at the invitation of President Clinton.

“I would to express that we are proud to stand together with the United States in the fight against illegal migration, terrorism and to protect and help the Christian communities around the world”, Orbán said.

The following meeting of the two countries’ delegations was focused on global issues and trade.

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