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Trump to meet Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orbán– live

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Viktor Orbán was snubbed by the Obama administration, which accused him of weakening democracy and is known for his anti-migration rhetoricSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 3.43pm BST Donald Trump has accused Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib as having “tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people”, his latest allegation of anti-semitism from a first term member of Congress.Trump’s denunciation came amid an escalating row regarding comments Tlaib made over the weekend. Republicans seized on her discussion of the historic establishment of Israel during an interview with Yahoo News, some selectively dissecting and misrepresenting her remarks.There’s kind of a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors, Palestinians, who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports.[…]Surely now @SpeakerPelosi⁩ & ⁦@LeaderHoyer⁩ will finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks. This must cross the line, even for them. Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a “calming feeling” Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says? 2.56pm BST So what’s so special about that Orbán meeting? Well for one thing it fits into a pattern of Trump cosying up to authoritarian leaders – see Vladimir Putin, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, to name but three.Orbán, the far-right Hungarian prime minister, has been accused of attacks on the media, minorities and the courts. He was snubbed by both Barack Obama and George W Bush, while last year the European parliament voted to bring disciplinary proceedings against Hungary for putting the rule of law at risk. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2019-05-13 14:55:24

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