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Hungary’s Orbán to visit Trump at Mar-a-Lago next week

Former President Trump is scheduled to meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán next week at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, mansion, a person familiar with the plans confirmed to The Hill.

The meeting was first reported The New York Times article comes as President Trump prepares to solidify his path to the Republican presidential nomination on Super Tuesday next week. The Times reported that Orbán had asked for a meeting.

President Trump has frequently praised Orbán at campaign rallies, and the Hungarian leader has become an influential figure in the U.S. conservative movement.

“Europe has a great man, a great leader, in Viktor Orbán,” President Trump said at a rally in January. “He is the prime minister of Hungary. He is a very great leader and a very strong man. Some people don’t like him because he is too strong.”

Prime Minister Orban spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas in 2022, and the prime minister gave an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson last year.

He served as prime minister from 1998 to 2002 and won the premiership again in 2010.

Watchdog groups and critics have accused Orbán’s government of authoritarianism and warned that it is cracking down on opponents and immigrants and restricting the rights of LGBTQ people.meanwhile Last year’s address At CPAC Europe, Orbán admonished what he called “woke culture.”

President Trump has drawn criticism from Democrats and some Republicans for speaking favorably of dictators and authoritarian rulers, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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