WASHINGTON – Just 10 days before an important meeting on Ukraine, President Trump met with protests of his national security adviser, with one of the Soviet Republic's most acute critics, Prime Minister Viktor Orban from Hungary, and heard a sharp assessment Reinforced its hostility towards the country, according to some people aware of the story.
Mr Trump's conversation with Mr Orban on 13 May devastated Ukraine at a time when his personal lawyer was pushing the new government in Kiev to provide harmful information on the Democrats. Mr Trump's suspicious view of Ukraine initiated events leading to the migration inquiry against him.
Mr Orban's visit, which is seen as a faithful man who returned democracy, led to a sharp dispute in the White House. John R. Bolton, the national security adviser to the President, and Fiona Hill, then a senior director of the National Security Council for the affairs of Eurasia and Russia, opposed White House's invitation to the Hungarian leader. the subject was informed. But Mick Mulvaney, the chief executive of the White House, was in charge of their meeting.
As a result, Mr Trump sat at a critical time in the Ukraine saga down in the Oval Office with a European leader who had a fiercely negative attitude to Ukraine which confirmed views he had heard from his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, and The President. Vladimir V. Putin of Russia repeatedly over the months and years.
As an echo of Mr Putin's attitude, Mr Orban publicly informed Ukraine that he is interfering with his Hungarian minority and he hopes to share a part of Ukraine with a heavy Hungarian population. His government has accused Ukraine of being “semi-fascist” and has sought to block important meetings for Ukraine with the European Union and NATO.
Ten days after his meeting with Mr. Orban, Mr Trump met on May 23 with some of his best advisers returning from Ukraine's new president's inauguration, Volodymyr Zelensky. The consultants, including Rick Perry, the energy secretary; Kurt D. Volker, then the special delegate to Ukraine; and Mr D. Sondland, European Union ambassador, Mr Trump confirmed that Mr Zelensky was a reformer who earned American support. But Mr Trump expressed great doubts, saying that Ukrainians were “terrible people” who “tried to put me down” during the 2016 presidential election.
George P. Kent, assistant state secretary responsible for Ukrainian policy, visited Mr Orban during evidence of House investigators last week. The meeting with Mr. Orban and a House investigators have a keen interest in making a special phone call between Mr Trump and Mr Putin, in an attempt to compile the backdrop that put pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats.
Mr. Kent is evidence behind closed doors that another government official kept him on board as part of an explanation of opinions called Mr Trump in the last spring, according to a person who was familiar with his evidence. The third factor cited was the influence of Mr Giuliani.
Mr Kent had no direct knowledge of either discussion, and it was unclear whether the person who mentioned them either made them. But two others gave information on the question that said in interviews that Mr Orban used the opportunity to discourage Ukraine from the president. The Washington Post reported for the first time to Mr Orban and the call to Mr Putin.
It is not surprising that Mr Putin would fill Mr Trump's ear with negative impressions of Ukraine or Mr Zelensky. It has long been rejected that Ukraine deserves to be a distinct nation, and it submitted forces to Crimea in 2014 to attach the rank to the territory of Ukraine. Mr Putin's government also urged Russian shareholders in eastern Ukraine, with civil war drawn down for five years.
But allowing Ms Orban to add his voice to that crime set out fighting within the West Wing. Mr Bolton and Ms. believed. Hill was not honored by the Oval Office visit by Mr Orban, which would be seen as a huge political coup for an autonomous leader affected by some of his colleagues in Europe.
Mr Mulvaney had come to respect Mr Orban from his time as a member of Congress and his involvement with the International Catholic Legislature Network, according to an administrative officer close to the acting chief executive. Mr Orban has promoted himself as a champion of Christians in the Middle East, a job that the official Mr Mulvaney earned.
The US ambassador to Hungary, David B Cornstein, was set aside by the US ambassador to Hungary to establish a White House meeting. Renowned jewelry friend 81 years old Mr. Trump, Mr. Cornstein The Atlantic told this year that Mr Orban was urged by the president. “I can tell you, and the president knows you for 25 or 30 years well, that he would like the story that Viktor Orban, but it's not,” said Mr Cornstein.
The Oval Office meeting with Mr Trump took place just four days after Mr Giuliani told the New York Times that he would travel to Ukraine to seek information that would be “very helpful to my client” and three days afterwards. Mr Giuliani canceled the trip in response to the resulting criticism.
In moves that affected democratic advocates and many officials from America and Europe, Mr Orban's government focused on non-governmental organizations, brought most of the news media under the control of its allies, undermined the independent judges. , he changed the election process to seek his party and sought a university with American charters to drive him from the country founded by the billionaire George Soros.
Mr Orban's government put pressure on Ukraine which says that there is discrimination and violence against ethnic Hungarians living in the western part of the country.
Mr Orban's efforts to undermine Ukraine in Europe put a lot of concern among American officials that Mr Volker visited Budapest and other places to meet Hungarian officials to encourage them to talk to their colleagues. in Kiev to its differences.
Mr Mulvaney's role in facilitating Mr Orban's visit reflects the role of the acting chief executive in Ukraine. Mr.
At a briefing last week, Mr Mulvaney denied that the help was being put in place to implement Ukraine to investigate Biden but confirmed that the reason it was conducted was to ensure that Ukraine carried out an investigation into any matter. The Democrats in the 2016 presidential campaign. Mr Mulvaney then tried to return his views, rejecting any quid pro quo.
Mr Bolton and Mr Mulvaney were also contradictory when it emerged that Mr Mulvaney was facilitating the role of Mr Sondland in putting pressure on Ukraine. “I'm not part of Sondland and Mulvaney's drug dealing,” said Mr Bolton to Ms Hill, according to her evidence of House investigators.
Adam Goldman reported from Washington, and Matt Apuzzo from Brussels.