Romanian ambassador to the United States George Cristian Maior says a disparaging mention of Romania by U.S. Senator John McCain was probably made by mistake.
The New York Times quoted on Friday Senator McCain about a possible presidency of the Republican candidate Donald Trump. "I still believe we have the institutions of government that would restrain someone who seeks to exceed their constitutional obligations," the senator told The New York Times. "We have a Congress. We have the Supreme Court. We're not Romania."
Ambassador Maior commented on Saturday: "Senator John McCain is known as a constant friend of Romania; he is even one of the signatories of the U.S. Senate resolution on 135 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and the United States of America. This document underlines Romania's significant role for the past 25 years, especially in the current difficult regional context, in advancing stability, security, and democratic principles in Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans, and the Black Sea region. Under these circumstances, probably Senator John McCain has probably mentioned Romania by error, in an unhappy phrase that contradicts the essence of an official statement supported by Senator John McCain and unanimously adopted by the Senate of the United States of America, in which our country is appreciated precisely for its major contribution to the observance of democratic principles in the region."