Joe Biden has just nominated William J. Burns as new CIA director. It turns out the veteran diplomat has some strong criticism of the Hungarian prime minister.
According to Blikk, the Hungarian government has a new critic in America – the new director of CIA nominated by Joe Biden has been strongly criticising Viktor Orbán Prime Minister earlier.
William J. Burns is an interesting choice as he was working within foreign affairs for 33 years. Former directors in general included people who were intelligence agents. Joe Biden, however, promised in a speech that Burns will not mix politics with the intelligence agency.
Burns used to serve as the ambassador for the US in Moscow; he was secretary of state for foreign affairs and deputy secretary of state during the presidency of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Burns mentioned Hungary in Foreign Affair’s issue at the end of last year. According to him, the US’s Department of State has been completely deprived. He said that David Cornstein American ambassador in Budapest had been infected with the deadly disease of “clientitis”, meaning that he instead of representing American interests, fell under the Hungarian government’s spell.
Burns did not like that Cornstein referred to Orbán as a perfect partner when, in his opinion, he is an authoritarian leader who diminishes civil liberties.
Nominating Burns is actually not the first hit Hungary receives from Washington. First of all, Donald Trump lost in the presidential elections. Then Joe Biden chose Antony Blinken as secretary of state – whose father is a former ambassador to the US in Budapest and supported the Open Society Foundations related to George Soros with a significant amount of money.
Before David Cornstein finished his mission as an ambassador, he was hoping that the good relationship between Budapest and Washington could continue to flourish. In his interview with Blikk, he even took a stand for Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó over Joe Biden. Trump, however, in the meantime, lost the elections, and now there is a chance for conflicts between the two governments.