Asked about the Hungarian government’s preparations for a new period of relations with the United States after the inauguration of Joe Biden, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás called the US “Hungary’s ally”, adding that the government planned to continue cooperating with the new US administration accordingly. “We, for our part, are ready for that,” he said.
Relations between the Orbán Administration and president-elect Biden’s team have stood on shaky ground since Donald Trump lost the election. Jabs have been sent back and forth, with individuals such as Biden and Obama claiming that Hungary is undemocratic, instigating responses from Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó. Gulyás has also taken part, stating after the US election that “We supported Donald Trump, whereas Joe Biden has been supported by George Soros, which is not such a great starting point.”
Asked about suggestions concerning possible “interventions from abroad” in Hungary’s 2022 general elections and “whether there are concrete signs” of such attempts, Gulyás said it would depend on how the concept of “intervention” were interpreted.
“If we interpret it as attempts by various media outlets, NGO-s and social organizations … financed from abroad to discredit the Hungarian government … then we can say Hungary has been subject to such attempts for more than a decade,” Gulyás said. “Hungarian voters are, however, wise enough to recognize where the wind is blowing from,” he added. Gulyás said he expected such attempts “to be fiercer than ever before”. “The Hungarian opposition is weak, and would not be capable of governing the country; this is why the opposition asks for — and expects to receive — help from abroad. But the majority of voters cannot be fooled, and I hope this remains the case in the future,” Gulyás said.
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