United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said in a twitter post that Obama’s “cold shoulder” approach to Hungary was unfitting of a NATO ally. Under the Trump administration, however, ties with Hungary were renewed.
The secretary of state’s tweet related Obama’s treatment of Hungary to that of North Korea. Ever since Pompeo took office in 2018, however, the United States’ diplomatic relations with Hungary have been renewed with the mutual goal of “urging respect for democratic norms”.
Mike Pompeo, a staunch republican, initially opposed the idea of Donald Trump as a Republican candidate. He warned
of an authoritarian presidency in March 2016, but after commending Mike Pence’s debate performance, he received Trump’s nomination in October 2016 and integrated into his campaign. When former state secretary Rex Tillerson was fired, Trump immediately nominated Pompeo.
The tweet comes at a time when president-elect Joe Biden, who was not Orbán’s favored candidate in the last US election, stated his disapproval of what he sees as the “rise of totalitarianism in Hungary.” Thus, Pompeo implies here that the Hungarian-American relations which had begun to develop thanks to Orbán and Trump’s friendship will once again stagnate.
In the featured photo illustration: PM Orbán and US Secretary of State Mike Pompep. Photo by Balázs Szecsődi/PM’s Press Office