Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban joined Twitter on Monday, having opened an official account that already has over 40,000 followers. It will be used to post English-language information about the PM’s work aimed at an international audience, his press chief Bertalan Havasi said.
Orban so far follows just 42 other accounts, which include Pope Francis, political leaders such as Giorgia Meloni, Matteo Salvini, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as several media personalities, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson and psychologist Jordan Peterson.
“Let’s make some noise!” wrote Orban in his first post on the platform, which quickly garnered more than 7,000 likes and 1,800 retweets. In typical Twitter fashion, many commenters took to bashing the politician and criticizing him for maintaining a more neutral stance against Russia than other EU leaders amid the conflict in Ukraine.
Orban’s press chief told Hungary’s MTI news agency that the purpose of the account is to inform people internationally about the PM’s work.
Orban, who describes himself in his bio as a “freedom fighter, husband, father, grandfather and PM of Hungary,” finished off his first day on Twitter by jokingly inquiring about the whereabouts of former US president Donald Trump’s account.
“After my first day on Twitter, there’s one question on my mind. Where is my good friend, Donald Trump?” he wrote, attaching the famous gif of a confused John Travolta.