On Saturday, January 21st, one day following the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the Embassy of Hungary hosted a tripartite of events at the soon-to-be new Embassy building at 1500 Rhode Island Avenue under the headline “Salute to Freedom,” including a post-Inaugural Brunch and a VIP piano concert by Steinway Artist, Ádám György. Later in the evening, the Embassy of Hungary turned down the lights and opened up the Embassy’s new “speakeasy” bar for a happy hour and cocktail reception. Distinguished attendees of the Embassy of Hungary’s “Salute to Freedom” included President Trump’s advisors, Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen, business executives and corporate leaders, leaders of the Hungarian-American community, and Ambassadors and Military Attachés.

On Saturday, January 21st, one day following the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi and the Embassy of Hungary hosted a day-long series of events under the headline “Salute to Freedom.” A chance for members of the Government of Hungary and diplomatic to meet with current Members of Congress, State Department officials and incoming Trump Administration members, the trio of events provided a strong foundation for future political, economic, and security cooperation between the United States and Hungary. Chauncy, a Hungarian-bred Komondor, greeted the over 400 distinguished guests that passed through the future home of the Embassy of Hungary throughout the day.

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Speaking at the post-Inaugural Brunch, Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi proclaimed, “Such commonalities linkages of thought between the Hungarian government and incoming Trump Administration give me great hope and underline my resolute belief that Hungary and the United States are and will remain natural partners and allies. Together with the United States, Hungary seeks to become a bridge-builder in the field of transatlantic security and economic relations.” Ambassador Szemerkényi added the Hungary hopes that the Inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States will symbolize the turning of a page towards a new, even closer chapter of US-Hungarian cooperation.

Former Governor of New York and Hungarian-American George Pataki said that Hungary has always been a great friend of the United States and that he looks forwards to deeper cooperation between the two countries over the next four years. Rep. Mike Coffman said he, too, foresees deeper cooperation between the two countries. Other keynote speakers included Rep. Don Bacon, Rep. Mike Coffman, Rep. Steve King, Rep. Steve Womack, and the Ambassadors of the Visegrad 4 countries (Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia). 

World-renowned Hungarian piano player and Steinway Artist Ádám György performed for audience members before guests later in the afternoon, with Rep. French Hill, (R-Arkansas) a key member of the Hungarian-American Caucus, providing the keynote address.


Later in the evening, the Embassy of Hungary hosted a happy hour and cocktail reception that included exclusive sneak peeks of the soon-to-be new Embassy building.

Featured in POLITICO’s Playbook, the list of distinguished speakers and prominent guests at the Embassy’s trio of events included: Senators Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi); Hungarian Deputy Assistant Secretary Kristóf Altusz; EU Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan; the Ambassadors of the Visegrád 4 countries (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic); Vice President of Heritage Foundation and head of personnel transition in State Department Dr. James Carafano; Representative and Trump transition team member Devin Nunes (R-California); Representative Mike Coffman (R-Colorado); Representative Steve King (R-Iowa); Representative Steven Womack (R-Arizona); Representative Don Bacon (R-Nebraska); Representative and Vice President of the Trump transition team Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee); former Pentagon Spokesperson and National Security Advisor to the Trump Campaign Jeffrey D. Gordon; Communications Director of the campaigns of Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush Ryan Williams; President of International Young Democrat Union Jason Emert; Great America Super PAC President Stuart Jolly; Trump Campaign Directors Karen Giorno and Stephanie Milligan; Trump transition team Senior White House liaison Matt Miller; members of the media including Newsmax, POLITICO and the Washington Post; “Angel Moms” Sabine Durden and Mary Ann Mendoza; and, prominent leaders of the Hungarian-American community.

To view a photo gallery of the event, please click HERE.