Right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán shared a photo of what appears to be a very warm letter sent to him by Donald Trump.
In it, Trump wrote: “Thank you for your lovely letter and for your generous support and encouragement on behalf of the citizens of Hungary.”
He continued, “I am grateful for your continued friendship and your enduring commitment to strive for the ideals you and I cherish: freedom, patriotic pride and freedom.”
In bold marker under the formal letter, he added a postscript. “Great job on Tucker (Fox) Proud of you! “
Mr Orbán posted a snapshot of the letter on Instagram, captioning it with a sunglasses emoji and a message saying: “Thanks for watching.”
Mr Trump’s letter referred to an appearance by the Hungarian leader on Fox News earlier this month, in which he was interviewed by conservative host Tucker Carlson.
Mr Carlson presented the central European country in an extremely positive light, going so far as to say that it was more “free” than the United States.
He said, “Who is the freest? In which country are you most likely to lose your job because you disagree with ruling class orthodoxy? The answer is pretty obvious, however. If you are American, it is painful to admit it as we have discovered ”
Critics have described Orbán’s leadership as openly authoritarian – he describes himself as an advocate of “illiberal democracy” and throughout his tenure he has systematically dismantled many of the country’s democratic institutions.
Last year, Hungary passed a law allowing Orbán to rule by decree, alarming many critics who oppose his anti-immigration, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT policies.
Mr. Orbán called Donald Trump a “great friend of Hungary” during the interview, and praised the “America First” foreign policy of the former US president.
The Independent Gt