During a joint press conference in the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Trump appeared to directly contradict Romanian President Klaus Iohannis’s response to a question on visa waivers.
Asked whether the two leaders discussed the waiver program for Romania, Iohannis immediately responded, “yes.”
Moments later, Trump quickly insisted, “We didn’t discuss it. We didn’t discuss it, but there would be certainly — it would be something we will discuss.”
President Iohannis: Yes.
President Trump: We didn’t discuss it but it would be something we will discuss, Mr. President?
Trump then handed the question over to President Iohannis, who once again contradicted Trump’s version of what the two men had discussed minutes earlier.
The United States’ Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes without needing to obtain a visa. According to the State Department’s website, 38 countries currently participate in the program. Romania is one of a handful of “roadmap” nations that are actively seeking to join the program, pending approval by the US government.
It is unclear whether Trump intended to dispute that the waiver program came up in his meeting with the Romanian President.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.