Hungary’s leader had phone conversation with Donald Trump

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister says he has spoken on the phone with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who invited him to Washington.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview published online late Thursday by Hungarian business daily Vilaggazdasag that Trump made it clear to him "he thinks highly of Hungary."

Orban, frequently criticized by U.S. officials for weakening democratic checks and balances since his 2010 return to power, said in July that Trump's migration policies were better for Europe and Hungary.

Orban, who last year had fences built on Hungary's southern borders to stop the flow of migrants trying to reach Western Europe, said he felt that Hungary's position had "improved greatly" with Trump, who was more interested in "efficiency and results than political theories."