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Hungarian leader Viktor Orban has made"zero tolerance for immigration a main theme of his premiership

Hungary is the first stop in a trip by Pompeo to central Europe that also includes Slovakia and Poland and is part of what administration officials say is an effort to make up for a lack of US engagement in the region that opened the door to more Chinese and Russian influence.

"We need Hungarian children", said Prime Minister Viktor Orban during his state of the nation speech Sunday. Officials say he'll make the case that such steps are key to countering Russian and Chinese efforts to pull Hungary and other countries in the region away from the West.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says his department may punish countries that purchase hardware from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. The officials weren't authorised to publicly discuss Pompeo's travel and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"We must not let [Russian President Vladimir] Putin drive a wedge between friends in NATO", Pompeo stated passionately, at a joint press conference with the Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, claiming that the United States and its allies "know all too well from history" that "that Russian Federation will never be a friend to the freedom and sovereignty of smaller nations".

"What's imperative is that we share with them the things we know about the risks that Huawei's presence in their networks presents actual risks to their own people, to the loss of privacy protections for their own people, the risk that China will use this data in a way that is not in the best interest of Hungary", stated Pompeo. "They get to make their own decisions".

Pompeo is on a five-day massive charm offensive in Eastern Europe seeking to "make up" for the time the U.S. "shunned" the nations of the region "in a way that drove them to fill a vacuum with folks who didn't share our values", as he himself put it.

"We have seen this all around the world, it also makes it more hard for America to be present", the US State Secretary said. Instead of just numbers, we want Hungarian children.

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

"We have to show up or expect to lose", one official said.

Orban's fiery rhetoric against migrants and refusal to join a new European Union public prosecutor's office focusing on fraud and corruption have also raised concerns.

Three groups that took part said they believed Pompeo would bring them to Orban.

Pompeo was given a list of concerns in a meeting with Hungarian civic leaders.

The right-wing Orbán, a staunch immigration opponent who's been skeptical of the European Union, handily won re-election last April while voters gave his party a super-majority in Hungarian Parliament.

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