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Mr. Orbán Goes to Washington

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By hosting a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the White House, US President Donald Trump has already handed a victory to yet another authoritarian leader. Judging by Trump's record, Orbán will leave with everything he came for, and US interests and national security will have been further undermined. WASHINGTON, DC – On May 13, US President Donald Trump will host Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the White House. According to some pundits, Trump will try to use the meeting to dissuade Hungary – ostensibly a US ally – from establishing deeper ties with China and Russia. The Economy We Need PS OnPoint Keith Bishop/Getty

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By hosting a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the White House, US President Donald Trump has already handed a victory to yet another authoritarian leader. Judging by Trump's record, Orbán will leave with everything he came for, and US interests and national security will have been further undermined.

WASHINGTON, DC – On May 13, US President Donald Trump will host Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the White House. According to some pundits, Trump will try to use the meeting to dissuade Hungary – ostensibly a US ally – from establishing deeper ties with China and Russia.

Don’t hold your breath.

Trump’s obsession with closing “deals” for domestic political consumption, combined with his admiration for autocrats, suggests that his main focus will be on finalizing the sale of medium-range missiles and natural gas to Hungary.

Even if the Trump administration does want to peel Hungary away from America’s geopolitical rivals, it is not evident that it has any plan for doing so. In February, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the first cabinet-level US official to visit Budapest since 2011, when Orbán had started dismantling Hungarian democracy. Pompeo apparently demanded nothing...

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