It seems that a Hungarian thinktank thought that it would be a good idea to invite former US President Donald Trump to Hungary to help PM Orbán’s 2022 election campaign. Election day will be on April 3, so the background staff must act swiftly if they want Trump to come before the ballots are cast.
The Guardian reported today that the Hungarian Centre for Fundamental Rights (Alapjogokért Központ) sent an invitation to Trump. The source behind the information is an anonymous government official. The British news website referred to PM Orbán as a far-right prime minister. They said that Fidesz would like Trump to travel to Budapest in the following weeks. PM Orbán faces a united opposition on April 3, which has a real chance of winning the election. If so, PM Orbán would have to leave office after 12 years and three victories with a 2/3rds majority.
The government source said that
“people in Fidesz would like Trump to visit Budapest in March,”
but Trump has not replied yet. If he agrees to come, his trip to Hungary would be his first known official trip outside the USA since the 2020 presidential elections.
The Guardian reminds its readers that Orbán was an early Trump supporter, endorsing the president as early as summer 2016. Trump returned the favour this January.
“These visits have a huge influence in the Hungarian Conservative community because they see [Trump] as an icon, as someone who spent his presidency in a strong headwind,” said a source close to Fidesz. The Alapjogokért Központ has close ties to the Hungarian government, The Guardian stated.
Fidesz hopes that Trump will join Orbán as the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) keynote speaker. The event will be between 25 and 26 March in Budapest.
However, Trump’s fear of the pandemic might be a serious obstacle, The Guardian wrote.
Source: The Guardian, DNH