May 13, 2019

‘Utterly Distasteful’: Donald Trump Meeting With Anti-Semitic Hungarian Leader Slammed by Former White House Adviser

Featuring Julianne Smith

Source: Newsweek

Journalist Callum Paton

A meeting today between President Donald Trump and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been deemed “utterly distasteful” by a former White House adviser in light of the right-wing European leader’s comments against Jewish and other minority groups.

Julianne Smith, a former adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden and now a fellow at the Bosch Academy in Berlin, told Newsweek that Trump was sending alarming signals to the rest of the world by meeting with Orban, who had been kept at a distance by the president’s White House predecessors Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

“Given what Orban has said, the views he has expressed about minority communities, including the Jewish community, it is utterly distasteful for the U.S. president to host someone like Viktor Orban in the Oval Office,” Smith told Newsweek in a telephone interview.

Read the full article and more in Newsweek.


  • Julianne Smith

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” She is also a senior advisor at WestExec Advisors, an adjunct senio...