Ambassador Cornstein’s Remarks at the Commemoration of the Placement of the Statue of George H.W. Bush

Szabadság tér, Budapest Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Thank you, Mister Prime Minister. Thank you, Ministers, dignitaries, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen for being here today. It’s an honor to be here with you all today on this historic occasion. Mister Prime Minister, it may feel familiar for you to be on this square to inaugurate a …

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U.S. Ambassador Cornstein Hails Hungary’s Billion Dollar Air Defense Purchase

August 12, 2020 U.S. Ambassador David Cornstein today joined Minister of Defense Tibor Benkő in announcing Hungary’s declaration of intent to conclude its largest-ever defense procurement from the United States, an action which will overhaul and modernize Hungary’s air defense capabilities and allow it to transition away from its current legacy Soviet system.  This purchase …

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How Much Do You Trust a Communist Dictatorship? – by Ambassador Cornstein

July 31, 2020 One of the most important things in life is knowing who your friends are and whom you trust.  As a successful businessman I often look to numbers, and polling around the world shows that people don’t trust what the Chinese Communist Party has to say. But as a life-long New Yorker I …

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“That’s how friends like the U.S. help the world.” – Op-ed by Ambassador Cornstein in HVG

May 22, 2020 We live in unprecedented times.  In a few short months, much of what we had thought of as normal has changed dramatically.  One thing that should not change in times of crisis, however, is your friends.  As a NATO Ally, the United States stands as strongly as ever with Hungary. I am …

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

As customary diplomatic protocol in Hungary, new Embassy Chiefs of Mission place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Budapest’s Heroes’ Square.  On September 5, Ambassador David B. Cornstein was honored to place a memorial wreath on the Tomb in the name of the people of the United States of America.  Several Embassy …

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Remarks by Ambassador David B. Cornstein at the Official Independence Day Celebration

This is a very, very important day for every American.  It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, if you’re white, brown, black.  It doesn’t matter if you are a first-year immigrant into our country or if you’re a fourth generation.  This is a day that we celebrate our freedom and it’s very, very important. 

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Ambassador Cornstein Visits CEU

Today,  Central European University (CEU) President and Rector Michael Ignatieff welcomed Ambassador David B. Cornstein to the university. “I was pleased with the opportunity to visit CEU today and meet some of the very talented faculty and students. It’s an impressive academic institution and an asset to both Hungary and the United States. I support its continued operation …

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Ambassador Cornstein will arrive in Budapest on June 22

June 12, 2018 The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that President Trump’s Ambassador to Hungary, David B. Cornstein, will arrive in Budapest on June 22, 2018.  Ambassador Cornstein is excited to begin his work in Hungary and further strengthen the U.S. – Hungary relationship. Stay tuned for more information about Ambassador Cornstein in the …

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From Presidential Nomination to the Embassy

From presidential nomination to the Embassy: On May 9, Mr. David B. Cornstein, President Trump’s nominee as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, had his hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. You can read his Statement here:  http://ow.ly/eEKm30jVpGG  (PDF file). What comes next? Our Prezi explains the steps presidential nominees have to take until they become …

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Remarks at a Jazz Concert in Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution

During tonight’s concert, we celebrate those “barometers of freedom” – the Hungarian jazz musicians who played their music in 1956 in defiance of the Communist government.  And we remember all of the Hungarians who suffered and those who died in the fight for democracy 60 years ago. 

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Remarks on the occasion of an Unveiling of Statues of Hannah Arendt and Zbigniew Herbert

It is a great pleasure to join you today for the unveiling of statues of two great thinkers and authors, Hannah Arendt and Zbigniew Herbert.  In their works, both reflect on their survival through turmoil and war.  And their accomplishments and writings continue to inspire discussion and debate today.

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Remarks at the Opening of an Exhibit of Associated Press Photographs in Commemoration of the 1956 Revolution in Hungary

The photographs on display in this exhibition offer a glimpse into the sacrifices made by Hungarians forced to leave behind everything they knew, to become refugees, to start life anew in a foreign land in the years immediately following the Revolution. 

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Opening remarks at “Give Life a Chance through Cancer Immunotherapy” Cancer Prevention and Awareness-Raising Program

In today’s world, cancer has a major impact on so many people and families in the United States and across the world.  Too many of us personally know someone affected by cancer – whether we witness the fight of a loved one directly or we see the worry of their family and friends.

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Remarks at the Independence Day Celebration

– as prepared – Good afternoon and welcome, everyone.  It is a tremendous honor for me to host you in this celebration of America’s 240th anniversary of our independence.  Welcome, Minister Pinter, President Darak, and Prosecutor Polt, Justice Stumpf.  Thank you State Secretary Vargha for coming and I look forward to your remarks.  Welcome, distinguished …

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Remarks at the Graduation Ceremony of the ILEA Budapest Law Enforcement Leadership Development Session 103

Thank you, Lieutenant Colonel Gősi, for your kind introduction. Minister Pintér, Ambassadors, Colonel Farkas, Director Terpinas, honored guests, and most of all, ILEA Session 103 Graduates, I am so pleased to be here to celebrate your accomplishments. From the perspective of the United States Government, and specifically from the U.S. State Department, I can’t emphasize enough …

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There are no second-class citizens in NATO – Remarks at the “30 Days Ahead of Warsaw” Conference

Thank you very much, Director-General Schoberl, Ambassador Kowalski, Ambassador Lindsay, Ambassador Kacer, fellow diplomats, distinguished guests and friends assembled here. It is a pleasure to speak to you at this conference. Thank you to the Polish Embassy and to IFAT for putting on this important event.  I am especially pleased that I can speak to …

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The U.S. Perspective on Migration, Security, and Foreign Policy

President Shattuck, Professor Balazs, fellow diplomats, distinguished guests, thank you.  I’m happy to be here as part of your important lecture series.  It’s always a pleasure to be in the lively community of CEU.  Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you. I know very well the role that CEU plays in providing a …

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Remarks at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Hungarian Association for American Studies (HAAS)

Professor Bodis, Mr. Giran, Ms. Bartos, Ambassador Helfand, Professor Fischer, Dr. Taróssy, Dr. Brückner, Ladies and Gentlemen, Jó napot!  Good morning!   I am delighted to be here with you today to celebrate this special occasion — the 11th Biennial Conference of the Hungarian Association for American Studies in association with the Hungarian Association for Ibero-American …

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Remarks to the Foreign Affairs Committee, Hungarian Parliament

Chairman Nemeth, Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, distinguished guests, thank you for asking me to speak to you.  It is an honor.  Our custom of talking together today is as old as our friendship as nations.  I look forward to a frank and friendly discussion with you and the distinguished members of this Committee. …

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Remarks at the Meeting with Secondary School Students and Teachers at the Lavender Visitor Center in Tihany

Good Morning!  I am very pleased to have the opportunity to visit Balaton-felvidéki National Park to help celebrate Earth Day this week. I would like to thank Director Puskás, and his colleagues at the National Park Directorate for welcoming us and organizing a great visit for me and the U.S. delegation.  We are excited to …

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Remarks at the Public Education Roundtable in honor of International Roma Day

State Secretary Laszlo Palkovics, esteemed members of the panel, ladies and gentleman, Good afternoon! It is my great pleasure to join you here to observe International Roma Day.  Since 1990, this day has been set aside as an opportunity to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues and daily challenges facing the largest …

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Hungarian Islamic Community 100th Anniversary of State Recognition – Remarks at the Commemoration

Thank you to Mr. Bolek and the Hungarian Islamic Community for hosting today’s celebration.  Mr. Bolek, distinguished guests, Assalamu alaykum  [“Peace be with you” in Arabic; standard Muslim greeting worldwide]. We celebrate today a century of Islam’s legal recognized existence in Hungary, though the actual existence of Islam in the territory of Hungary dates back …

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Multiculturalism and the Culture of Tolerance in the United States – Remarks on the Occasion of America Day at Táncsics Mihály High School

Mayor Péter Fenyves, Member of Parliament Gábor Törő, Ambassador András Dékány of the Ministry of Human Capacities, Principal Krisztina Birkás, Teachers and Staff, Students, Jó napot kívánok!  Good morning!   Thank you very much for the invitation to join you today and for the very warm welcome to Mór! Since 2008, the Ministry of Human Capacities …

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Remarks at the Association of Hungarian Journalists (MUOSZ)

Ambassador Shakir Fakili, President Gabor Komlosi, Honorary President Eva Keleti, Vice President Maria Gonczi, Vice President Janos Harshegyi, Mr. Andras Trom, dear awardees, members of MUOSZ, ladies and gentlemen: It is a great honor to be here today, and to join you as you present the Golden Pen awards to some of the many courageous …

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Remarks at the Karinthy Model United Nations 2016 Conference

Thank you, Madame Chairwoman, Model UN delegates, and distinguished guests.  It is an honor to be here and I am delighted to speak with you today.  I’d like to welcome the delegates from the United States, and also from Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Serbia, and Germany. Congratulations to Karinthy High School for hosting such an excellent …

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Remarks on the Occasion of the Signing Ceremony of an Agreement between Marymount University (VA) and the National University of Public Service

Minister Pintér, Rector Pátyi, President Shank, Ambassador Szemerkényi, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning!  Jó reggelt kívánok!  Thank you very much for the invitation to join you today and participate in this morning’s ceremony!  I am honored to witness the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Marymount University and the National University of Public Service.  …

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Remarks at the Screening of the Film Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Hello everyone.  I’m Colleen Bell, United States Ambassador to Hungary.  I would like to welcome you and thank you for coming.  I am so pleased you could join us tonight to watch this important and powerful film — Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom. This film screening is a highlight of the work of …

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Opening Remarks at a Screening of Hot Men, Cold Dictatorships

Jó estét kívánok!  Good evening everyone! I am pleased to join you tonight and to introduce the film you are about to see — Hot Men, Cold Dictatorships — which we are screening in honor of LGBT History Month.  I congratulate the Háttér Society and their partners for organizing such a varied and interesting series …

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“The only pressure that came to bear was the pressure of moral persuasion” – Interview with Ambassador Colleen Bell in Hungarian weekly HVG

If we speak the language of your original profession, that is, being a producer, how would you summarize the first season of your time as Ambassador for those who will also be following the second season? Every good television series has exciting and quiet parts, tense and peaceful moments. I’ve had all those in my first …

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Remarks at the Naming of Tom Lantos sétány

Distinguished guests, Mayor Borbely , Deputy State Secretaries Langerne and Latorcai, esteemed diplomatic colleagues, and friends, welcome, and thank you for joining me this afternoon to pay tribute to the victims and the legacy of the Parrajmos.  And to Istvan Makai and the Roma Civic Association, thank you for inviting me to participate in this …

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Remarks at the 4th Annual RETURN – U.S. Alumni in Hungary Conference

Good afternoon, everybody! Thank you, Dr. Aáry-Tamás and Professor Szuromi for your excellent welcome remarks and words of inspiration to start this year’s RETURN conference.  I would also like to thank Ms. Smith Lacey – Anna — for moderating today’s event.  It is my great pleasure to be here again, and I thank the U.S. …

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