The committee that examines the Russian intervention in the American presidential election of 2016 studied the visit of the president’s campaign advisor in Budapest in the same year, as Valasz.hu reported. News channel ABC states that the Carter Page’s visit last year caught the attention of the committee because Hungary is developing a close relationship to Russia.
They also mentioned that Viktor Orbán was the first open supporter of Donald Trump from outside America and that Budapest is one of the centers of the Russian intelligence.
Though Page seemed to be an unimportant person in the campaign, he was greeted in Hungary by influential people: the prime minister’s foreign policy advisor Jenő Megyesy dedicated 45 minutes for him during a national diet. Page introduced himself as a member of Trump’s foreign affairs crew. Megyesy confirmed these, but he also added that he agreed to meet Page because the US ambassador at that time, Réka Szemerkényi asked him to do so. He added that Page did not seem to be an expert in the region’s issues. Megyesy felt that he did not pay attention to be up-to-date in Hungary’s affairs. They also discussed the US-Hungary relations, which were quite dire at that time.
Page was asked about Budapest by the committee, but he only had faded memories. He only claimed that he had met a Hungarian representative but he could not remember whom. However, Megyesy stated that he talked face-to-face with Page, but the American party did not remember it clearly.
He only recalled a Russian person walking by. According to his words, they did not talk about anything serious or significant.
Trump’s advisor visited Budapest once again, this time with Réka Szemerkényi, who was called back to Hungary in April. They have known each other from a Republican candidate convention in Cleveland last spring, and they also met in October 2016 in the Hungarian Embassy in Washington DC. Szemerkényi stated that these were only “friendly meetings for the sake of politeness.”