Pressman shared photos from the meeting on
Timely and fruitful discussion with Hungarian EU Affairs Minister János Buka on important issues affecting Hungary, Europe and the United States. pic.twitter.com/sZeZL1nlSl
— Ambassador David Pressman (@USAmbHungary) January 9, 2024
János Buka also reported the same meeting on his Facebook page, although he only wrote briefly: “Super Tuesday 2024” (By the way, Super Tuesday is essentially a US primary event: where both parties decide who their candidate will be in the presidential election) .
At the same time, the two politicians are unlikely to talk much about the US primaries, or if they do, they will not be able to say much to each other: it is clear that Orbán's government is siding with President Donald Trump, while Orbán's government is siding with President Donald Trump. Donald Trump. Naturally, Pressman supports the Democrats.
He may be the first government member the ambassador has met in a long time
The meeting could be a positive development from the point of view that recently witnessed an exchange of blows between the American ambassador and members of the Hungarian government, but so far the two parties have not sat down to negotiate.
The question of whether a personal meeting could help improve a poor relationship was already raised in the latest government briefing of the year. Gergely Gulyas, the minister responsible for the Prime Minister's Office, was of the opinion at the time that even an Orbán-Pressman meeting would not help relations, “and therefore was meaningless.”
According to publicly available data, David Pressman last held talks with members of the Hungarian government almost a year ago: at that time, he received Justice Minister Judit Varga and Defense Minister Krzysztof Szálai Bobrovnitzky.
There was also a meeting with Sandor Pinter
revisionIn response to our article, the US Embassy in Budapest drew our attention to the fact that the Ambassador had recently consulted with another member of the government, meaning there had been a recent discussion between the parties involved.
David Pressman met with Interior Minister Sandor Pinter on November 30 last year. For some reason, press coverage of this encounter was smaller at the time, which is why it escaped our attention (although it was also posted on the embassy's Facebook page).
“We note that the ambassador regularly negotiates with high-ranking Hungarian officials,” the embassy added in an email sent to Index.