- Fox News host Tucker Carlson will be spending the week in Budapest to meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
- He will also speak on Saturday at a far-right conference in Hungary.
- Orban spent $ 265,000 to arrange an interview with Carlson in 2019, according to a government watchdog.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson announced Monday evening that he would be broadcasting his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show from Budapest this week, as he visits the Hungarian capital and meets the controversial Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Carlson is also expected to speak on Saturday at a far-right conference in Budapest called MCC Feszt, according to his website, on a show called “The World According to Tucker Carlson.”
—Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) August 2, 2021
His announcement came just after meeting Hungarian leader Orban, who posted a Facebook photo of the couple smiling on Monday as they appeared to be in conversation.
Carlson has previously praised Orban for his policies that reward Hungarian families for having more children as the country faces declining birth rates.
“Hungarian leaders actually care about making sure their own people thrive. Instead of pledging the nation’s wealth to all illegal third world immigrants, they are using taxpayer money to raise their own people, ”he said on his 2019 show.
Orban’s government paid a DC lobbying firm $ 265,000 in the same year to coordinate an interview with the Carlson show, according to Anna Massaoglia, an investigative researcher for the government transparency watchdog. Open Secrets.
—Anna Massoglia (@annalecta) August 2, 2021
Since his election in 2010, Orban has been criticized by Western leaders and human rights groups for his autocratic control of the media, justice and human rights in Hungary.
Last year, Hungary’s parliament passed emergency laws that allow Orban to rule without term limits and introduced prison sentences for those who spread disinformation about COVID-19. Critics fear he could use these laws against his opponents and critics.
US human rights group Freedom House said in 2020 that Orban’s government had “abandoned any pretense of respecting democratic institutions.”
Insider has contacted Fox News for comment.