- Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban endorses Donald Trump for the 2024 U.S. election, expressing his hope for Trump's return to the White House.
- Holding the title of Europe’s longest-serving prime minister, Orban reiterates his pro-Trump stance at Bloomberg’s Qatar Economic Forum.
- EU leaders and officials voice differing opinions, favoring cooperation with Biden's administration, underlining the contrast within the Union.
Famed for his nationalist standpoints, Hungary's long-standing Prime Minister Viktor Orban, known for his often contentious interactions with his European Union comrades, has voiced his endorsement for Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. election. He openly wishes for the controversial leader to reclaim his position at the helm of the White House.
Orban's political career has seen him at the reins of Hungary twice, first from 1998 to 2002, and then from 2010 to the present day. Spanning a period of 17 years in leadership roles, he has earned the title of the longest-serving prime minister in Europe, garnering a reputation as the most pro-Kremlin leader among the EU's 27 nations.
The query regarding his preference for the next U.S. President, posed at Bloomberg’s Qatar Economic Forum on Tuesday, was met with an unequivocal “I hope so,” from Orban, expressing his favoritism for Trump over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential Republican Party nominee for the presidency in 2024. “He is also a very good leader, but I belong to the club of the veterans and the veterans support each other,” said Orban, reaffirming his alliance with Trump.
Orban's fondness for Trump has been public knowledge for a while, with Trump even featuring in his inaugural tweet after joining Twitter in late 2022. Furthermore, during a 2019 meeting at the Oval Office when Trump was still president, the two leaders shared mutual admiration, bonding over their shared stances on immigration policy, security, and conservatism.
Orban, however, consciously steered clear of criticizing the incumbent U.S. President, Joe Biden, at the same Qatar event. His preference for the Republican way of governance, as opposed to the Democrat's ideology, was clear when he expressed his distaste for being told how to live. Yet his views are not synonymous with the consensus of the European Union, with Hungary frequently clashing with Brussels since its EU accession in 2004. Amid this, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and various EU officials have expressed their approval of Biden's administration, hoping to forge stronger cooperation before the 2024 U.S. elections.
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