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Hungarian leader Viktor Orban reportedly bad-mouthed Ukraine before call
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2019 11:47 AM CDT

  • The effect: Putin and Orban "soured Trump's attitude toward Ukraine," according to State Department official George Kent, who testified in the impeachment hearings last week, per the AP. Ten days after his meeting with Orban, Trump met with top advisers on Ukraine and said Ukrainians were "terrible people" who "tried to take me down" in the 2016 election, reports the Times.
  • The server: The "tried to take me down" reference is apparently about Trump's belief in a widely debunked theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election and tried to damage his candidacy. In his phone call with Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked him to dig up a hacked Democratic National Committee server, supposedly spirited to the country as part of a cover-up, to prove it. The AP digs into the particulars of the "CrowdStrike" (the name of a security company) conspiracy theory.
  • A big qualifier: Putin and Orban may have bad-mouthed Ukraine, but they didn't encourage Trump to get the nation to dig up dirt on political opponents, nor did they back the election conspiracy theory, reports the Post.
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