In Trump, Hungary's Viktor Orban Has A Rare Ally In The Oval Office

When the Hungarian prime minister meets with President Trump on Monday, it will mark a coming together of two leaders known for their nationalist worldviews and hardline immigration policies.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks to the media from Berlin on July 5, 2018. Source: Sean Gallup

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban visits the White House on Monday, his first formal meeting with a U.S. president in more than 20 years.

Bill Clinton received Orban, now one of Europe's most prominent nationalists, in 1998, back when the Hungarian leader was a 35-year-old reformist who had earned his pro-democracy street cred as an anti-Soviet activist. Orban had helped his country transition out of communism.

Today, Orban is running Hungary like a "soft autocracy," according to one biographer, and alarming the European Union. The Obama administration limited diplomatic ties with Hungary over concern that Orban is undermining democratic values.

But he's found a kindred spirit in Trump, a fellow nationalist. Trump's former chief

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