Former President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed a candidate outside of the U.S. — Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Orbán was snubbed recently by the Biden administration, which didn't invite him to attend a recent summit on democracy.
"Viktor Orbán of Hungary truly loves his Country and wants safety for his people," Trump said in a statement released by his Save America joint fundraising committee.
"He has done a powerful and wonderful job in protecting Hungary, stopping illegal immigration, creating jobs, trade, and should be allowed to continue to do so in the upcoming Election. He is a strong leader and respected by all. He has my Complete support and Endorsement for reelection as Prime Minister!"
Orbán was criticized by Bosnian officials and religious leaders Wednesday for suggesting the integration of Bosnia into the European Union will be challenging because of its large Muslim population.
That occurred after Orbán said Hungary will not change its immigration policies despite a recent ruling from the European Union's top court that found them in contradiction with the bloc's laws.
Orbán will seek a fourth term when he opposes Péter Márki-Zay in an election set for the spring, The Hill reported.
Prime minisgter since 2010, Orbán has overhauled his country's political system into what he calls an "illiberal democracy."
Márki-Zay, mayor of the southern Hungarian city Hódmezővásárhely, is backed by a diverse group of six opposition parties, including socialists and the Jobbik, a formerly nationalist party that has moved in to a more pro-Euroepan group.
The election will be the first time Orbán faces a united group of opposition parties trying to drive him out of power.
Márki-Zay said that, if elected, he will reverse the closer ties Orbán has pursued with Russia and China, and improve his country's relations with the European Union and other Western allies.
Orbán was not invited to the Biden administration’s Summit for Democracy although more than 100 countries were invited.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this story.
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