Pompeo warns Europeans of risks to United States cooperation over Huawei

Postado Fevereiro 12, 2019

USA officials are deeply troubled by Huawei's expansion in Europe, especially in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states where they believe it poses significant information security threats.

Hungary's government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country's prime minister said Sunday.

Other perks aimed at reversing Hungary's population decline include an $8,825 subsidy toward the purchase of a seven-seat vehicle for families with three or more children and a low-interest loan of $35,300 for women under 40 who marry for the first time.

Pompeo made the comments in Budapest on the first leg of a five-nation European tour during which he said he would raise American concerns about China and Russia's growing influence in central Europe.

The Christian conservative added that "the fate of such peoples is slow but certain obliteration, until they become a mere cloud of dust on the highway of nations".

Pompeo's tour includes a conference on the Middle East, hosted by Poland, where Washington hopes to build a coalition against Iran.

"We have an obligation to share this with them, and we will do so", Pompeo said.

"This does not endanger us from being an ally", Szijjarto said.

Ahead of his visits to Budapest and Bratislava, US officials said Pompeo hoped to reverse what they called a decade of US disengagement in central Europe that created a vacuum Russian Federation and China have exploited.

Mr Orbán was returned to the role of premier in the April 2018 elections, winning a parliamentary supermajority and his third consecutive term in office after running on a manifesto of protecting the country's border, defending Hungarian culture, and supporting families.

The administration of Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, had largely steered clear of Orban, who won a third consecutive term past year in a campaign based on anti-immigration policies and whose policies have been met with street protests and deepening concern within the EU.

Pompeo put the blame for much of the backsliding on a lack of USA engagement.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the United Nations following a Security Council meeting about the situation in Venezuela in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 26, 2019.

"I think for a long time we shunned them in a way that drove them to fill the vacuum with folks who didn't share our values", he said.

Legislation approved a year ago, for example, allows jail sentences for people convicted of aiding asylum-seekers.

"We have to understand that the European peoples have come to a historical crossroads", Orban said.

Orban's government has been targeted for criticism, including from the US, for forcing a Budapest-based university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros to move most of its programs to Vienna.