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Trump had a ‘nice’ meeting with Hungary’s leader Viktor Orbán at Mar-a-Lago, and later they went to a concert together

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Donald Trump and a small group of close friends gathered with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for about an hour on Friday night at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, according to sources familiar with the situation told CNN.

Afterwards, Trump took Orbán to a tribute band concert as part of an exclusive event at the club.

One source said the meeting was just a “hangout” with no specific plans, while another said it was “friendly.” Orbán, as per a fourth source, wanted to meet with Trump and had planned to be in the US separately.

The meeting highlights Trump’s history of befriending powerful leaders globally, sometimes at the expense of traditional US allies.

A Biden administration official confirmed to CNN that the White House didn’t invite Orbán to meet with President Joe Biden, and Orbán didn’t request a meeting during his US trip this week.

Biden, earlier in the day, expressed concern about the meeting between the Hungarian leader and Trump, the likely GOP presidential nominee.

Asked if he was worried about the Mar-a-Lago talks, Biden said: “If I’m not, you should be,” implying it’s natural for him to be concerned about the meeting.

Orbán’s far-right views, strong anti-immigration stance, Christian nationalism, and opposition to LGBTQ rights have made him a role model for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” supporters. He has spoken at the Conservative Political Action Conference in the past, and Hungary will host another CPAC overseas conference next month.

While the Biden administration hasn’t commented much on Orbán’s meetings with Trump, the president brought it up during remarks in Pennsylvania on Friday evening.

“Do you know who he’s meeting with today in Mar-a-Lago? Orbán of Hungary, who plainly said he doesn’t believe democracy works – he’s looking for dictatorship,” Biden told the crowd at his first rally of the 2024 general election campaign.

“That’s who he’s meeting with,” Biden added. “I envision a future where we defend democracy, not weaken it.”

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