Italy, Hungary voice support for Trump following conviction

Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban — two prominent leaders of Europe’s far-right — on Friday expressed their support for Donald Trump following his criminal conviction.

Far-right League leader Salvini condemned it as a political move, saying the US ex-president was a “victim of judicial harassment”.

Salvini, whose party is a junior partner in Giorgia Meloni’s government, offered his “solidarity and full support” for Trump, who was found guilty on all charges at his hush money trial in New York.

Trump was a “victim of judicial harassment and a process of political nature,” Salvini posted on X in English.

“In Italy, we are sadly familiar with the weaponisation of the justice system by the left, given that for years attempts have been made to eliminate political opponents through legal means.”

Hungary’s nationalist leader Orban also voiced his support on X, calling Trump “a man of honour” who had “always put America first”.

In March, Orban travelled to Florida to meet his “good friend” Trump.

“Let the people make their verdict this November! Keep on fighting, Mr. President!,” Orban wrote.

Salvini also said he hoped the Republican, who is running again for president in November’s elections, would win against Democratic incumbent Joe Biden, saying “it would be a guarantee of greater balance and hope for world peace”.

Italy’s other deputy prime minister, Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, leader of the right-wing Forza Italia party, was more circumspect.

In a TV interview, he said it was up to Americans to decide who they wanted as president, saying that for Italy, “it makes no difference for us”.

“Italy is an ally of the United States, not of this or that president,” he said