Genuine Alliances – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Budapest, Hungary…

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling through central Europe as part of the ongoing Trump administration outreach to genuine U.S. geopolitical allies who are often diminished by the larger economies within the EU.  [Follow the Photo-Journal Here]

While in Budapest, Hungary, Secretary Pompeo participates in a joint press availability with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. The political and national values carried by the U.S., via President Trump, and Hungary, via PM Orban are in alignment.

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[Transcript] MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Distinguished secretary and minister, distinguished under secretaries, deputy secretaries, dear guests: Heartfelt welcome to all of you at the press conference of Their Excellencies Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo. First of all, may I ask His Excellency Mr. Peter Szijjarto to deliver his speech.

FOREIGN MINISTER SZIJJARTO: (Via interpreter) Good day to all of you. Heartfelt welcome to all of you and heartfelt welcome to the Secretary of State. It is a true honor for us that seven and a half years after the last visit of the U.S. Secretary of State we can welcome you here in Budapest. And we have to say although we can know that from several sources that the Secretary of State is a man of his words, because when last May I had the honor that I was received by the Secretary in Washington, then at the NATO meeting, following that he said, “Peter, I’ll have to come to you.” And I said, “Yeah, that is not going to depend on us,” and the Secretary is now here in Budapest. Heartfelt welcome, and we are really very happy, and this is an honor, a great honor for us. Also a heartfelt welcome to the representatives of Hungarian international press. Thank you very much for coming to our press conference.

I really do believe that the fact that the minister, the Secretary, is here just showcases (inaudible) started to rebuild the third pillar of U.S.-Hungarian relations, because earlier we rather focused on the economic and the defense pillar of these relations. And now since the Republican administration is in power in the United States, ever since there’s been a rapid improvement or a rebuilding of our political ties as well. Obviously, this is greatly due to the fact that the Government of Hungary and the Donald Trump administration, the U.S. administration, has a similar or same stance in several questions in general politics and specific politics as well.

Now both administrations, both governments are patriotic in terms of their policies where national interest is first; and both administrations, both governments consider it to be one of the first and foremost responsibility of the state to guarantee the safety and security of people – of the people, and this is how we could cooperate in the fight against the global migration pact. We have always been in line with the efforts of the United States to defend their borders, and both governments considers it very important to safeguard the Christian heritage and to support Christian communities worldwide. And together with the United States we just step up in international organizations so that there would be a fair treatment vis-a-vis Israel by the international community, international political community.

We Hungarians, the Hungarian Government, has based our foreign policy on mutual respect, and we think that the world is not going to be a better place if some countries do spend their times by intervening in internal political affairs of other countries or lecturing other countries. Therefore we, based on principles, have extended our veto in the European Union whenever it came to criticism concerning the decisions – political decisions of the United States. For that, we have undergone and we have taken on conflicts and risks as well, but we’re not going to consent in the future as well – or either – that either the European Union or other international organization would criticize the sovereign political decisions of the United States. At the same time, we also carry out a foreign policy which is based on openness and sincerity. So we say the same thing – we say the same things behind the scenes that we say here. So it is easy therefore for us to discuss issues like relations to Russia or the gaining ground of China in other places or also our relations to Russia.

I also said to the Secretary of State that the fate of the 150,000 Hungarians in the Subcarpathians is very important to us. This is a geopolitical issue and we cannot disregard that. We are always going to stand for Hungarians living in the Subcarpathians.

As I also told the Secretary, that whenever we talk about the economic gaining ground of China, then Hungary is responsible for 1.2 percent of the EU-China world trade, and I also said that there is a hypocrisy concerning the cooperation with Russia because there is a lot of criticism on the surface, and below the surface there is a lot of trade between Europe and Russia in billions of euros.

But I also told the Secretary that the U.S. can rely on Hungary as a reliable defense ally, and we are very proud of the fact that our 494 strong contingent serving and our NATO umbrella in Kosovo and Afghanistan, we are going to extend that with 108 personnel, and we are also happy and proud that we can participate in the international counterterrorism coalition led by the United States. And we’re also proud of the fact that this year, we can take part in the air policing of the Baltic states.

I’d like to announce a very significant improvement of progress, the defense cooperation agreement between the U.S. and Hungary. This agreement was completed in 1997. The world has changed ever since. There are tremendous new challenges, security threats. Therefore, we agreed that it was just due time to modernize this agreement. And last Friday, we managed to conclude these talks. We managed to finalize the text. We have – we agreed upon that text. Therefore, next week, the defense committee of the Hungarian parliament is going to discuss that.

I would also like to inform you about the fact that very important talks are ongoing concerning increasing and improving the security of the country. I’m talking about defense procurement next week and the weeks after. We are going to approach the defense committee of the Hungarian National Assembly about having advance talks of a mid-range AD system acquire – procurement. Also we are going to, as I said, approach the defense committee because we would like to increase our ability, improve our ability to defend our critical facilities.

As far as security is concerned, I asked the assistance of the Secretary – I asked his assistance about ExxonMobil so that ExxonMobil would make a final decision on investment concerning the – concerning natural gas from the offshore gas fields in Romania. 3.4 billion is the capacity on the pipelines when the interconnectors are connecting the Russia, the Romanian, and Hungarian pipelines. So should the American company make this decision, Hungary will make major steps forward concerning the diversification of procurement of natural gas.

And finally, we’ve also touched upon the economic ties between the two countries. The United States is the second-largest investor in Hungary. We are very grateful to GE, IBM Aircraft, BorgWarner, and other investors in Hungary for employing 105,000 Hungarian citizens. They’re – 1,700 strong is the investment community in Hungary, the U.S. investment community in Hungary, and we are very proud of the fact that U.S. companies repeatedly bring new investment decisions favoring Hungary. And we also owe gratitude because there – even in such an era which is challenged with political challenges, they still kept up the good ties.

Secretary, thank you very much for accepting my invitation. Thank you very much, after seven and a half years, to come – for coming to Hungary. Thank you very much.

MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Thank you very much. We now ask His Excellency Michael Richard Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States, to deliver his speech.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thanks, Peter. It’s an honor to be in Hungary as my first trip here as the Secretary of State, meeting with Prime Minister Orban and Defense Minister Benko. Peter, it was great to meet with you and your team as well.

It’s especially important to be here on this 30th anniversary of the end of communism. For three decades, the Hungarian people have worked to build a free and prosperous nation in the heart of Central Europe. The United States has been with you from the outset through trade, foreign assistance, defense partnerships, and people-to-people ties between our two countries. In doing so, we’re continuing a long tradition of America and Hungary standing together on the side of freedom.

I was a former cavalry officer a few years back. I’m indebted to Colonel Michael Kovats, the founder of the U.S. Cavalry, who fought and died for American freedom in our War of Independence. And I recall Lincoln’s resolution of support for Kossuth when he declared that America stood with Hungary in our continued devotion to the principles of free institutions.

I’m in Central Europe this week to talk about how we renew and deepen this special bond between our countries. That begins with strong defense. Peter announced and I’m happy to announce alongside him the conclusion of the defense cooperation agreement. This will be great for each of our two countries, and I welcome too your announcement today that you’ll be acquiring new defense capabilities from the United States as well. These steps, together with Hungary’s commitment to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense and a strong presence in Afghanistan, strengthen Hungary’s and NATO’s security.

You need look no further than Ukraine, Hungary’s next-door neighbor, to see why this is needed. Today I spoke with the foreign minister about the urgent importance of supporting Ukraine in its quest for sovereignty and territorial integrity. We must not let Putin drive wedges between friends in NATO. Hungarians know all too well from their history that an authoritarian Russia will never be a friend to the freedom and sovereignty of smaller nations.

Russia’s not the only power that wants to erode freedom in this region. I raised with Peter today the dangers of allowing China to gain a bridgehead in Hungary, and we talked openly about how we might work together on that issue. There’s an experience of states in the Asia-Pacific region that shows that Beijing’s handshake sometimes comes with strings, strings that will leave Hungary indebted both economically and politically.

Now the difference is that Russia and China are authoritarian powers who do not share our joint aspirations of freedom. Today I met with Hungarian civil society leaders as well to talk about the importance of protecting and strengthening democratic institutions throughout the Western world. Americans and Hungarians have always stood together in the pursuit of freedom, and that tradition continues today. It’s why I am so proud of the American engagement with this country in the Trump administration.

I opened by talking about the 30th anniversary of the end of communism. I am announcing new initiatives that will strengthen U.S. presence in Central Europe region-wide. We are increasing support for people-to-people ties, events, and exchanges. It’s consistent with both the United States and Hungary’s mission. As part of this effort, I’m happy to announce the addition of Hungary to the Future Leaders Exchange Program, which will provide scholarships for Hungarian high school students to spend a year living with U.S. families and attending American schools. I told Peter they all had to come to Kansas. That’s my home state. (Laughter.) We’re also increasing support to help Hungary in its fight against corruption, strengthening law enforcement cooperation, and providing mentorships, training, and exchanges for independent media in all four Visegrad countries.

Too often in the recent past, the United States was absent from Central Europe. That’s unacceptable. Our rivals filled those vacuums. Today we reaffirm our determination to compete for positive influence in the region. We’ll do so through a reinvigorated diplomacy that seeks to cooperate strategically but also allows us to frankly discuss areas where we disagree in a manner that befits allies, and we’ll do so by expanding America’s commercial, public diplomacy, and cultural ties. We have every expectation Hungary will do its part to keep the commitment that it made 30 years ago. It is every ally’s responsibility to keep Europe free, just as Hungary did in 1948[i], 1956, and 1989. We have full confidence that you’ll continue to stand on the side of freedom, and it’s been a joy to be with you today.

MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Thank you very much, and now we open the floor for questions. You can ask one question from American – the American press and then the Hungarian press as well, respectively. Christina, please.

♦ QUESTION: Thank you. Mr. Secretary, you spoke about pushing back against the influences of rivals in Eastern Europe, mainly China and Russia. How do you counter the objectives of those two states in a region, and in your talks with leaders today, do they feel the same way about the threat that you do? And if I may follow up, will you discuss the rule of law, press freedom, and human rights at your dinner with President Orban tonight?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the answer to your second question is of course. Among friends we always talk about the important issues. America has always stood for that set of values, and I’m confident that we’ll have a good discussion about that. It’s very important. With respect to the first issue, or the first question, the way you engage is to compete. America was a no-show. When we’re not here, others will follow and they’ll show up, and they’ll be in duty on behalf of the country where America is absent to do the right things for their people, and when America’s absent, that won’t be in America’s best interest. So we’ve taken a fundamentally different approach in the Trump administration. We’ve now had 14 senior-level U.S. visits throughout Central Europe in just the first two years of this administration. I won’t tell you how many there were in the previous administration, but it starts with a “Z.” (Laughter.)

This is important. The way we achieve these outcomes, the way that we begin to develop relationships that are important, where we come to have shared understandings, is to be present, to have conversations, to have hard conversations when that’s what’s required. We do that. We had a good conversation today and I’m very confident we’ll continue to do that in the days and weeks and months ahead.

♦ QUESTION: And Mr. Minister, if I may: You said it was easy to discuss things like Russia and China with the U.S. Do you feel that your two countries are on the same page when it comes to that issue? And are you willing to distance yourself from Russia and China in order to get closer to the U.S., and what are you looking for from the U.S. in return? Thank you.

FOREIGN MINISTER SZIJJARTO: (Via interpreter) We are NATO allies. When it comes to cooperation with Russia or cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, that does not harm us being a reliable – or doesn’t endanger us being a reliable ally to the United States and to NATO. If you look at our cooperation with China, we represent 1.2 percent of the trade between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China. If you look at that Chinese company which is very often in the news nowadays regarding telecommunication, are they present in Hungary? Yes. Who are their major contractors? A German and a British company. So when it comes to China, I think hypocrisy should be left finally behind. We are usually accused, Central Europeans, that the so-called 16+1 format is so much breaking the European Union. Now out of the 16 countries involved in this cooperation, 11 are members of the European Union. Do you know how many percent of EU-China trade 11 of us represent? Less than 10 percent. So I think it’s not us that will be the game-changers in the relationship between, let’s say, the Western world and China.

And when it comes to Russia, I told the Secretary as well that there’s an enormous hypocrisy and political correctness in the European political arena in this regard. Because look, it’s not the Hungarian and it’s not the Central European energy companies which are preparing and building Nord Stream 2 together with Gazprom. It was not the Hungarian prime minister to be invited as a superstar at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, but it was the French president. It was not the leaders of the Hungarian energy companies to sit together on the stage with President Putin on the last Russian energy week, but the CEOs of the biggest Western European energy companies. Look at the trade figures. Look at the trade figures between the Western European countries and Russia, and you will see that we are let’s say fed up in a legitimate way that you usually portray us as having a tight relationship to Russia.

♦ QUESTION: (Via interpreter) Yes, my name is Noemi Nemeti from M1 News, and you talked about the diversification of gas procurement. Now, what could be the trace, what could be the pathway of a pipeline from Romania to here, and do we also support that there would be an LNG terminal in Croatia?

FOREIGN MINISTER SZIJJARTO: (Via interpreter) Well, look, in Central Europe currently, we are unilaterally dependent on Russia concerning – concerning energy procurement and especially as far as gas is concerned. Eighty-five percent of our natural gas import comes from Russia, 85 percent. And we have done everything we could. I mean, we have implemented all necessary investments to diversify our gas acquisition sources. Now, we are in the position that it is solely up to our allies whether we can diversify our sources or not. If ExxonMobil makes a decision in favor of exploring gas in Romania so that we can buy gas from Romania, or the Croatians, if they come up with a fair price quotation, then we could also buy from the Krk LNG terminal in the Krk, the isle of Krk. Because look, according to the quote they gave us, 50 percent – there would be – the transition cost from Krk would be 50 percent more than if we were to have bought the – if we bought the gas from Rotterdam, from the Netherlands. Now, that’s not normal. And of course, this is why together with Slovenia we are applying for European sources, financial funding so that we can interconnect our gas pipelines and we could have an access to the LNG terminals.

But let me also say that it is not in the interest of Western Europe today for Eastern Europe or Central Europe to diversify the source – their sources. Otherwise they would not be building a new pathway between Russia and Northern Europe or Western Europe, which is going to be – which will have the capacity of 50 billion cubic meter, which is more than 50-fold the Hungarian annual consumption. So this is the agreement between Russia and Germany today, and that is going to improve the energy security and safety of Western Europe and Germany while we are just standing here waiting for our allies to make positive decisions so that we can also diversify our sources.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Look, I’ll just add very quickly this isn’t about selling American gas. This is a national security matter from the American perspective. This is about assisting countries throughout Europe and having alternative sources and not being dependent on Russia for their natural gas, so that if there is a day when there’s crunch time and when there is political influence to be had, these countries have alternatives; they are not solely dependent, and therefore at political risk to be suffered from Russian engagement that they are – that they do not welcome.

MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Thank you very much. This concludes our event today. Thank you very much for your kind attention and thank you very much for the attention of the press. Thank you. Bye-bye.

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42 Responses to Genuine Alliances – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Budapest, Hungary…

  1. Stillwater says:

    Foreign Minister Szijjarto has a sharp intellect and is good at breaking down and communicating the various sides of an issue.

    Liked by 11 people

    • The Boss says:

      FM Szijarto and SoS Pompeo made quite the display of supreme competence and confidence. No wasted words were spoken.
      Is it any wonder the CofC/Uniparty were trying to lure Pompeo into the Senate where he’d be neutered, and later destroyed?

      Liked by 18 people

      • GB Bari says:

        We’ve now had 14 senior-level U.S. visits throughout Central Europe in just the first two years of this administration. I won’t tell you how many there were in the previous administration, but it starts with a “Z.” (Laughter.)

        What a marked difference between the failed Ozero diplomacy and the overwhelmingly successful statesmanship of the Donald J. Trump Administration. It is almost criminal that the U.S. media ignores this obvious and immense improvement.

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      • Stillwater says:

        I don’t know why the Uniparty would think they could tempt Pompeo away with a position in the Senate. Usually a senator would be happy to leave the House or Senate for a position as Secretary of State. Moving from SoS to the Senate would be a step down.

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  2. Vito Romano says:

    Hungary’s populist prime minister Viktor Orbán: Have 4 babies, never pay income tax again

    https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/hungarys-populist-prime-minister-viktor-orban-have-4-babies-never-pay-income-tax-again/

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    • Maquis says:

      Brilliant. God Bless them.

      Liked by 10 people

    • jeans2nd says:

      It is more than that. Hungary is providing monetary assistance for every child a couple under 40 has. 2:01 (subtitled)

      Sec Pompeo did a great job here in Hungary. Sec Pompeo takes no press nonsense.

      Liked by 5 people

      • TruthSavesUs says:

        jeans2nd great find on Orban policy to help Hungarian populace growth. Notice the protesters from 1:14 minutes.
        Probably Soros paid activists who hate the peace and the sovereignty of the nation. German protesters on top, what the heck are they doing in Hungary undermining democracy, probably living lavishly from their German pensions, and not have to worry to be stabbed or ran over by the migrants their corrupt government flooded their country with. SMH…

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        • smurfette says:

          Outside of Aushwitz, in Hungary, Rabbis tried fervently to save Jews from Auschwitz by negotiating with Hitler. The Rothschilds Zionists thwarted their efforts because they had an endgame in mind. It now makes sense to me why there is documentation showing financial support to the Third Reich.

          It’s ironic that Merkel is a fervent supporter of Zionism (Fakes and gnostics who practice Eyptian occult and Age of Reason to worship Man the God) who hijacked the Jewish faith and used its people. I think it’s important to make the distinction that Zionism plays both sides and was dangerous to Jews during the Hitler era having used their own people. The draft is being forced on young men in Israel. Rabbis being imprisoned.

          “We condemn the Zionist misuse of the Jewish identity for their political motivations and we reject any ownership they claim on anything related to Judaism or the Jewish people. Their use of the name Israel is criminal and we demand that they stop using it.” — Rabbi Weissman, Neturei Karta International

          He seems really sweet and reminds me of those I know in my city. They want peace and to love God. Zion political control is their enemy too.

          They want to live in peace with brothers. I have known for decades this was going on but never researched due to fears of accusations.

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          • yucki says:

            Neturei Karta is a creepy cult that serves the mullah regime in Iran.
            They attract Jew-haters who’ll believe any rubbish that reinforces their medieval conspiracy paranoia.

            I’m surprised to find this Der Stürmer fodder at CTH.
            It doesn’t belong here.

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    • Old Codger says:

      Four babies? Sounds like a tough job, but SOMEBODY”s got to do it!

      I volunteer to start the effort with that stunning blonde (or her unmarried sister)!

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    • TreeClimber says:

      Maybe we’ll pack up our family and head to Hungary… how’s the jobs market there?

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  3. mj_inOC says:

    America so blessed to have Sec Pompeo…
    West Point training and America’s core values deserve our inespeakable gratitude.

    Liked by 11 people

    • NewOrleans says:

      And to think Mitch McConnell (and other swamp creatures) want him to leave the State Dept. to run for Senate in his home state of Kansas. They want him to stop implementing President Trump’s agenda so he can play gotcha games on TV with the media and tussle it up with the likes of buffoons such as Mitt Romney.

      I don’t think so!

      Liked by 19 people

      • Maquis says:

        Yeah, serve God Emperor of the Universe President Donald John Trump and saving America and blessing the world, or spend years trying not to deck McConnell as he spins his webs and plays his games.

        It’s an utterly transparent ploy.

        Liked by 3 people

      • huecowacko says:

        Exactly, Pompeo’s values are Kansas(Heartland/flyover country)values that he retained in spite of USMA. Leave him be, associating with the likes of McConnell and Romney in the Senate will do the country no good. I puked when I saw Romney’s image on the screen at the SOTU, he is there to try to do as much damage to POTUS/MAGA agenda as possible. Also, noted the interaction(lack thereof) between McConnell and POTUS as POTUS was making his exit from the House chamber. Romney and McConnell are sneaky snakes with shivs.

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    • mj_inOC says:

      ‘Inescapable,´ sorry…

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  4. cthulhu says:

    After we sell our house in California and begin building-out our new residence in North Carolina, we were thinking about taking a European vacation. Initially, we’d considered France, Spain, Germany…..but quickly realized that we’d be more welcomed in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. We’ll see what ends up happening.

    Liked by 12 people

    • sDee says:

      We just moved to a rural county in NC. If you have not already bought your land – avoid incorporated towns and do research on county demographics and voting trends. The urban counties like Wake, Orange, Durham and Mecklenburg are eaten up blue.

      I researched individual counties by entering the county, state into
      http://www.city-data.com/
      Theur statistics and map search functions are very powerful and can be very telling.

      Liked by 5 people

      • kiskiminetas says:

        The SW tip of North Carolina is beautiful and the scenery can be breathtaking. Towns like Murphy, Andrews, Robbinsville and Bryson City are quaint with majestic forests, rivers\streams and lakes. We have been to all of them and Bryson city is our favorite. The Smoky Mountains National Park is a few miles past the High School. You have to park your car then walk through a tunnel. Watch out for the bears!

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        • mostlyogauge says:

          All true, but Tennessee has a lower overall cost of living. We moved from outside of Pittsburgh, PA, to NE TN almost 7 years ago and love it here!! Cost of living is lower here than in PA or NC. We considered NC but the taxes are too high; lived in NC in the 80s and know from experience, and from family that used to live there until recently; they moved to NE TN too.

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      • Don’t forget Buncombe County…solid blue, almost nonexistent Republican Party. However Henderson, Transylvania, are more Republican Counties. Mark Meadows is the Congressman from that area (includes part of Buncombe).

        Brevard is a really charming town, has a small college, close to lots of hiking/waterfalls, but somewhat too far from other stuff. It also rains a lot..I forgot to tell you…this whole area is a temperate rainforest, but Brevard pretty much sits on the western side of the Eastern Continental Divide…the clouds hit the mountains produces mucho rain.

        Hendersonville is a nice town; nice downtown, a couple of breweries, and more conservative but I have noticed more Dems moving into the area (the whole area).

        NC is a high tax state. They tax everything. In this area, buying property in the county is better as lower property taxes, at least true in Buncombe County. There is also an income tax, a food tax, a sales tax on everything even movie tickets…higher taxes than Taxachusettes…totally ridiculous.

        Tennessee is a better choice.

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    • Bugsdaddy says:

      Budapest is by far our favorite European city. Wonderful people, wonderful food, just an all around joy to walk around this city. Americans are welcomed with open arms…..surprisingly, Bucharest is not far behind in Mrs. Bugs and my opinion!

      If you decide on a European vacation, eastern Europe is the best for your money, and general attitude of people. Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania are all wonderful……avoid Serbia…most people of my generation 40+ are still sour puss old communists hold-overs!!! Although it is getting better, younger generations (under 35ish) seem to have better attitudes.

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      • mostlyogauge says:

        My family and I had the good fortune to live in Slovakia and Serbia back in the early Oughts (2001-2004). A wonderful experience! In Serbia, we lived in Belgrade. There were still a lot of bombed out buildings and such, but they were being cleared, with new structures going up. The people were generally wonderful in all of the former Yugoslav countries. The countryside is beautiful. We spent a weekend in Bled once; fantastic! Visited Poland, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Czech (and other countries as well).

        The boot of communism will still take a little while longer to completely recover from, but with people like Mike Pompeo and President Trump, doing what they say they will do and setting the example, a whole new era of friendship with these countries has started. MAGA is not just for the USA.

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      • Mark Newell says:

        Hilarious observation about older Serbs. I have recently been studying the history of Yugoslavia and it’s breakup, along with pre WWI history of Austria-Hungary and it’s breakup. Fascinating history. Trying to sort out the good guys from the bad guys.

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      • Slovenia is really charming. Ljubljana is the big city and I really loved it. I took a vacation there a few years ago; I am of Slovenian descent, my mom grew up there when it was a communist country under Tito. T

        The Julian Alps, the caves, the horses, a small slice of the Adriatic Sea, parts of the country beautiful. Younger people all speak English, they teach it in grade school now.

        I traveled alone and I can tell you it is probably the safest country in the world to travel alone. Pretty much no crime. Still some socialist tendencies, but they were the first country to break away from Yugo when it was coming apart, a two or three day bloodless war…homogeneous population, they all agreed.

        I did hear Budapest was lovely…would like to go there some time.

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      • Barky Canine says:

        Be aware that Clinton bombed Serbia in 1999…this might have something to do with their attitudes towards Americans…..

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    • cccp3-o says:

      Romania is good.
      They appreciate Americans.

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    • aumechanic says:

      if we could pass a law that stops transplants from voting in our local elections it would be a lot easier tolerate. at least for 10 years.

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    • aumechanic says:

      if we could pass a law that stops transplants from voting in our local elections it would be a lot easier tolerate. at least for 10 years.

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  5. wodiej says:

    God bless you both and God Bless America and Hungary!!

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  6. The discussions on gas pipelines and ties with China and Russia were quite interesting. Clearly the Trump Administration understands how strategic alternate energy sources can be for a country (and ally) like Hungary. Too bad Tillerson couldn’t help with the Exxon decision re. Romanian oil project./s

    Pompeo’s mention of a former Hungarian involved with American calvary was a particularly deft touch! Not to mention the contrast of how many visits the “former administration” made to Hungary (starts with a “Z). Twinkle of humor there from SOS Pompeo.

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    • Zaza says:

      Obammer only went where his boss, Soros, ordered him. Notice how Soros isn’t welcome in the countries that are resisting the EU communism?

      Another great place to visit, St Petersburg, Ru, and you won’t find Soros there either.

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  7. 335blues says:

    I am so glad America is showing those who were forced to live under the tyranny of communism “we stand with you”.
    Many countries in central Europe are saying, and more importantly, doing the right things.
    America is becoming a force for good in the world again. That is why marxists hate President Trump, and us, so much.
    Despite the best efforts of the marxist propaganda machine in our own country Trump is fighting harder than ever to MAGA.
    Do not believe the lies.

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  8. donnyvee says:

    Assuming Europe isn’t yet terminal, it will be saved by the likes of Poland and Hungary.

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  9. fractionalexponent says:

    Thankyou Sundance, for also providing the transcript. I travelled on a train through Italy, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey to Istanbul in 1987. Hungary was still in the Soviet communist block in those days. They had well-stocked capitalist supermarkets like the U.S., but they also had communist grocery stores with long lines of people going around the block to shop the empty shelves.

    Many miles into Yugoslavia, about a hundred people trying to escape the communist block, were pulled off the train and made to walk back to Hungary. The train station in Beograd, Yugoslavia looked like something out of the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie with all the peasants of different nationalities in different dress.

    I grew up in south Texas and had classes Spanish, Latin, and German in school, but couldn’t read the Cyrilic menus. Point at what food item you want and pay. The train didn’t serve food, so you had to buy before boarding and take it along.

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  10. Anyone else get a tear in their eye?

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  11. Sepp says:

    Representative Steve King (R) of Iowa went to Hungary and praised Viktor Orbán’s efforts to preserve Christian European civilization in Hungary.

    Does anyone remember this?

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  12. yucki says:

    [21:03 min. Original transl, subtitles]
    Viktor Orban State of the Nation excerpts

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  13. Beverly says:

    Peter Szijjarto is a heck of a guy. I saw him absolutely Handle a leftwing nutjob reporter in an interview: he politely threw her prejudice (against Christians and Western Civilization) back into her TEETH. Polite but deadly. He knows exactly who and what these creatures are, and he’s whip-smart.

    Peter Szijjarto ROCKS.

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