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In Less Than A Minute, Romanian President Contradicts Trump Twice On Whether They Discussed Visa Waivers


In Less Than A Minute, Romanian President Contradicts Trump Twice On Whether They Discussed Visa Waivers

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.”

Reporter: Thank you, Mr. President. Was there any discussion about the Visa Waiver program for Romania? Will there be a time for including this country in this program?

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.

President Iohannis: I mentioned this issue and I also mentioned it during other meetings because this is important for us. It’s important for Romanians that want to come to the United States. You see, more and more people come, President Trump, from Romania to the United States. Some come as tourists. Some come for business. Those that come for business should be encouraged. The matter of Visa waiver would be probably important to discuss and we all hope we will advance on this.

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CNN adds:

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.


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