Chamber Speaker on visit to US: I don't understand the fuss; it is an important event I am honouring
Deputies' Chamber Speaker Liviu Dragnea, Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman, said on Monday he decided to honour the invitation sent to participate in the investiture ceremony of the US President-elect, Donald Trump, and claimed he does not understand why "there is such a fuss" on this topic.
"In the first place, I don't understand why there is such a fuss on this invitation, it is an important event to which I was addressed an invitation and I have decided to honour it. Both I and the Prime Minister. The invitation came, tomorrow I will leave for the US, on Wednesday the Prime Minister will leave, and we'll also come back. I have received that invitation from the committee organising this event, because, as there is no administration in office, officially the only structure addressing these invitations to all those who want to have there these days is this committee and I have received from this committee an invitation sent by the vice president of the respective committee. And I will go, I don't understand why so much fuss. I understood I cannot represent the Romanian state, it is all right, if someone asks me something there, I will probably have the courage to speak and respond, if someone asks me something about Romania. I believe it is not forbidden," Dragnea said at Parliament.
Asked if the invitation is made in person, the PSD leader maintained he does not wish to make the event look ridiculous, about which in fact he said he did not wish to speak in public.
"It is an important event and I really don't want to make it look ridiculous, regardless of the dissatisfactions of one or another. It is an invitation which I received and which I will honour. I don't want to comment on this anymore. I understand what the Presidential Administration has said, however I am determined to go. I didn't give out this information, I wasn't planning on publicly speaking about this invitation or, God forbid, brag about it. It came up, naturally, discussed in the Standing Bureau, it came out in the press," Dragnea showed.
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