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Viktor Orban, Hungarian PM, to visit White House on May 13

May 7, 2019

President Trump will host Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on May 13 to recognize the European nation’s 20th anniversary as a NATO member and discuss a range of issues, including cybersecurity, the White House said Tuesday.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the leaders will recognize longstanding ties between their countries and also discuss trade and energy policy.

Mr. Orban is a nationalist whose assertion of a new form of government, or “illiberal” democracy, has alarmed some in the West, saying it smacks of authoritarian rule.

He’s tangled with the European Union and pushed anti-migrant plans, drawing comparisons to Mr. Trump’s rhetoric.

“Africa wants to kick down our door, and Brussels is not defending us,” Mr. Orban said during a campaign stop in early 2018. “Europe is under invasion already, and they are watching with their hands in the air.”

Mr. Trump, in pushing for his border wall with Mexico, has dubbed illegal immigration an “invasion” at times.

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