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Trump Invites Hungarian Nationalist Orban In From the Cold

Viktor Orban, Hungary's prime minister.

Viktor Orban, Hungary's prime minister.

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump invited a leader of European nationalism to a meeting, ending years of U.S. isolation of Hungary’s prime minister as part of efforts to shore up NATO’s eastern flank and counter Russian and Chinese influence.

Trump will meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on May 13, the government in Budapest said on Thursday. Trump has already met with the other leaders from the so-called Visegrad region, which also includes Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, all former communist states that now are North Atlantic Treaty Organization members.