One question, addressed to US President Donald Trump, was related to the Visa Waiver Program. Specifically, if he and Romanian President had discussed the Visa Waiver Program for Romanians.
Inclusion of Romania within Visa Waiver Program is a subject that is usually included whenever the President or a diplomat has a high level meeting with a US representative. This makes sense since most EU countries have this benefit.
However, the two Presidents responded differently to this simple question: while Iohannis told the press that there were some discussions, Donald Trump said there were no such discussions.
Q Thank you. Mr. President, were there any discussion about the Visa Waiver Program for Romania? Is there a time frame for including our country in this program? Thank you.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: We didn’t discuss it --
PRESIDENT IOHANNIS: Yes --
PRESIDENT TRUMP: We didn’t discuss it. But there would be certainly -- it would be something we will discuss.
PRESIDENT IOHANNIS: I mentioned this issue, and I also mentioned it during other meetings I had, because this is important for us, it's important for Romanians who want to come to the United States. And you see more and more people come, President Trump, from Romania to the United States. Some come as tourists. Some come for business. And those who come for business should be encouraged.
(From the White House's Press Briefing)
So the matter of visa waiver would be probably important to discuss. And we all hope that we will advance on this.
Question: Assuming the most likely scenario, where at least one question about this subject was addressed by the Romanian President, why would Trump deny such a thing?
I do not see any harm in having a discussion. Or is it a sensitive subject within US politics?