12/03/2014 08:41 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2015

Hungary Summons U.S. Ambassador Over John McCain's 'Neofascist' Comment

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BUDAPEST, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Hungary's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the U.S. ambassador in Hungary over comments made by U.S. Senator John McCain on Tuesday, calling Prime Minister Viktor Orban a "neofascist dictator."

The ministry called in Chargé d'Affaires André Goodfriend over McCain's comments, in which the Arizona Republican called on his Senate colleagues to block the approval of the new Ambassador to Hungary, Hollywood producer Colleen Bell.

"I am not against political appointees... I understand how the game is played, but here we are, a nation that is on the verge of ceding its sovereignty to a neofascist dictator getting in bed with Vladimir Putin and we're going to send the producer of 'The Bold and The Beautiful' as the ambassador," McCain told the Senate on Tuesday. (Reporting by Marton Dunai; editing by Ralph Boulton)



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