The US pressured the Hungarian government to abandon the plan to erect a Hóman statue in Székesfehérvár

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Marking Holocaust remembrance, Obama said the US forced the Hungarian government to abandon the idea of erecting a statue of an anti-semitic leader.

Obama made the remarks at the Isreali Embassy in Washington.

Among other things the US president said “Here, tonight, we must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise.”

As an example Obama "cited Hungary as a case where the United States made it clear that the failure to address anti-Jewish bias would impede strong bilateral relations."

“It’s why, when a statue of an anti-Semitic leader from World War II was planned in Hungary, we led the charge to convince their government to reverse course,” he said. “This was not a side note to our relations with Hungary, this was central to maintaining a good relationship with the United States, and we let them know.”

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The US government did put pressure on Hungary in relation to the Hóman statue, but instead of helping, this only hindered progress to a solution

The US Government did put pressure on Hungary in relation to the statue of Bálint Hóman, but Prime Minister Viktor Orbán strongly objected to this behaviour.

In general, he said, pressure coming from abroad only hinders progress towards solutions to problems, and this was also exactly what happened in relation to the Hóman statue. The Prime Minister’s position is that an attempt of this nature by the American government was ill-advised.

(Prime Minister’s Office)