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Trump keeps praising authoritarian leaders
01:44 - Source: CNN
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Hungary’s hardline nationalist prime minister, whose erosion of checks on his power has led some to describe him as a de facto dictator, will meet President Donald Trump in Washington next week, the White House announced on Tuesday.

The May 13 encounter, which was initially announced by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Cabinet last week, will pair two populist leaders both seeking to restrict migration into their countries, including through the building of fences. Both have also vilified journalists and fostered tensions with the European Union.

The White House said in a statement Trump’s talks with Orban would “discuss ways to deepen cooperation on a range of issues, including trade, energy, and cyber security.” The statement also said the men would “explore opportunities to meet the many national security responsibilities of their two countries and will celebrate Hungary’s 20th anniversary as a NATO member.”