President Trump appears to have struck up a healthy bromance with Viktor Orban, Hungary’s nationalist and conservative Prime Minister. The two met at the White House Tuesday, and the President congratulated Prime Minister Orban for his unapologetic stance against EU-mandated refugee quotas and defense of Christian civilization.
Trump described Orban as someone who was “great with respect to Christian communities” in a bilateral press briefing after the meeting. Orban pledged to cooperate on matters of international security with the United States, stating 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.” Orban’s Hungary has been known for its foreign policy efforts to assist persecuted Christian communities across the world.
Orban’s such a likeminded leader to Trump that he’s already built a wall across his country’s border with Serbia. Hungary was swamped with asylum seekers during the 2015 European migrant crisis, and Orban secured the nation’s frontier to safeguard the lives and security of his nation’s citizens.
You’d expect progressives and liberals unwilling to accept a European political leader taking a resolute stance against mass immigration and for Christian values to lambast President Trump for his productive meeting with an important NATO partner. But some Republicans have decided to sign off on a letter with liberal Democrats condemning Trump for his diplomacy with Orban- among them Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
According to Rubio and Idaho Republican James Risch, Orban is an authoritarian dictator of sorts, despite having won reelection with large majorities the Florida senator could never dream of in his country on numerous occasions. Rubio shares the same sentiments on Orban as progressive billionaire oligarch George Soros, who was forced to relocate a pro-migration lobby group from Budapest after a massive backlash from the Hungarian public.
Rubio’s decision to side with leading European liberals and progressives in an attempt to try and isolate one of the continent’s few conservative and nationalist leaders raises real questions about his broader neoconservative political philosophy.
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