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Hungarian PM: Trump Right On Immigration

| by Nik Bonopartis

Several European heads of state haven't been charitable when asked their opinions of Donald Trump, but the Republican presidential nominee has a fan in Hungary.

In a speech, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he didn't expect to support the businessman-turned-politician.

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“I never thought I would ever entertain the thought that, of the open options, [Trump] would be better for Europe and for Hungary," Orban said, according to the Express. "But I listened to the candidate and I must tell you he made three proposals to combat terrorism. And as a European, I could have hardly articulated better what Europe needs."

The Hungarian prime minister said he particularly likes Trump's stances on immigration, mass migration, the refugee crisis in Europe, and preserving cultural identity.

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Orban and Trump also share another belief -- both think border walls are part of the solution to limit immigration to legal applicants and defend against terrorism.

“Migration is a threat. It increases terrorism and crime," Orban said. "Massive migration changes Europe’s cultural profile. Massive migration dismantles national cultures. If this standpoint fails to become a European stance, we won’t be able to act.”

Orban said he agrees with Trump's belief that "exporting democracy" isn't a policy that often works, especially if it involves regime change and creates power vacuums, which has happened in countries like Libya, Egypt and Iraq.

"If we keep prioritizing democracy over stability in regions where we are unlikely to succeed with that, we will create instability, not democracy," Orban said.

In Europe, Orban has been heavily criticized for his stance on the refugee crisis and for refusing to allow migrants to use his country as a stepping stone to broader Europe. Since then, some of his fellow European heads of state have adopted some of the policies he pushed in response to the refugee crisis, The New York Times reported, vowing to "regain control" of the continent in the wake of several terrorist attacks in France and Belgium.

Sources: ExpressThe New York Times (2) / Photo credit: European People's Party/Flickr via ​Wikimedia Commons

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