Mothers with four children will be exempt from income tax in Hungary



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 USA engagement in the region that opened the door to more Chinese and Russian influence.

Pompeo said he had raised the concerns with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and would also do so with nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been criticized for seeking closer ties with Russian Federation and China and for increasingly authoritarian rule at home.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned USA allies on Monday against deploying equipment from Chinese telecoms gear manufacturer Huawei on their soil, saying it would make it more hard for Washington to "partner alongside them". The officials weren't authorised to publicly discuss Pompeo's travel and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"So numerous concerns that are voiced are things that have happened in the absence of America being engaged", he told reporters.

"If that [Huawei] equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more hard for us to partner alongside them", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told journalists gathered at the US Embassy in Budapest. "If that equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more hard for us to partner alongside them".

"It also makes it more hard for America to be present", Pompeo said. "For every missing child there should be one coming in and then the numbers will be fine", Orban said in his annual state of the nation address on Sunday, as cited by Reuters.

Pompeo will take the same message to his next stop, Slovakia, on Tuesday, before heading to Poland, where he will participate in a conference on the future of the Middle East expected to focus on Iran. "Migration for us is surrender".

He said the United States would continue to take "more action, continue our investigation", and would continue to hold accountable all those responsible for the murder. "We'll certainly make the case about the things that we see that we wish were different here".

Legislation approved a year ago, for example, allows jail sentences for people convicted of aiding asylum-seekers. "People in the West are responding to this with immigration", Orban said.

"The meeting and the openness to the opinion of the civic groups again demonstrated that the American leadership is committed to the defence of the values of the rule of law and the role of civil society", the groups said in a statement.

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. Women there have an average of 1.45 children - lower than the average in the European Union of 1.58.