Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who was as soon as praised by former President Donald Trump as being “like me,” known as Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky an “opponent” after his reelection victory on Sunday.
The conservative chief, who has acquired the assist of some within the Republican Party, however has additionally confronted allegations of being an autocrat, gained reelection Sunday with about 53 % of the vote. However, he has confronted scrutiny from many within the worldwide group for his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid its invasion of Ukraine.
“We never had so many opponents,” Orbán stated throughout his victory speech, based on the BBC. “Brussels bureaucrats…the international mainstream media and the Ukrainian president.”
The prime minister has acquired the assist of Trump, who endorsed him for reelection in January. The former president praised him as a pacesetter who “has done a powerful and wonderful job in protecting Hungary, stopping illegal immigration, creating jobs, trade, and should be allowed to continue to do so in the upcoming Election.”
Trump additionally praised Orbán as being “like me” in remarks he made in 2019, Reuters reported on the time.
“Highly respected. Respected all over Europe,” he stated. “Probably, like me, a little bit controversial, but that’s okay. That’s okay. You’ve done a good job and you’ve kept your country safe.”
Orbán has lengthy been a controversial determine. Conservatives have praised his management, whereas others have raised issues about his hardline stances on matters together with LGBTQ rights and immigration. His right-wing Fidesz celebration has supported laws aimed toward banning LGBTQ content material for youngsters.
In current weeks, amid Russia’s widely-condemned invasion of Ukraine, Orbán, who’s an ally of Putin, started going through heightened criticism over his response to it.
The prime minister has condemned the invasion, but additionally tried to remain out of the conflict and declined to cease importing Russian gasoline and oil—a sanction imposed by different international locations meant to place financial stress on Putin to finish the battle, based on Reuters.
Following his victory, Putin despatched a “congratulatory telegram” to the reelected prime minister, based on Russia’s overseas ministry.
In late March, Zelensky known as out Orbán throughout a speech to European leaders, saying: “I want to stop here and be honest. Once and for all. You have to decide for yourself who you are with.”
He additionally known as on Orbán to be extra proactive on sanctions. However, Hungarian overseas minister Péter Szijjártó stated: “For us, the security of Hungary and the Hungarian people are what is most important. We are doing everything to ensure that Hungary stays out of the war.”
Newsweek reached out to the workplaces of former President Trump and Prime Minister Orbán for remark Monday morning. This story shall be up to date with any response.