Romanian PM Viorica Dancila is expected to meet US Vice President Mike Pence during a trip to the US later this month, according to governmental sources quoted by Digi24.ro
, the website associated with Digi24 news channel. It has previously reported that Dancila would attend a meeting with business people organised by the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce while in New York, where her visit would overlap with one paid by President Iohannis for the UN General Assembly.
PM Dancila is the leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats and their designated candidate to run in presidential election later this year. Her visit comes shortly after the recent visit by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to US and his meeting with President Donald Trump. Iohannis will also run in the presidential poll for a second term in office.
Another presidential candidate, Dan Barna of the USR opposition party, has also announced a trip to the US.
If she comes to meet Pence and get a picture of the moment, Dancila would manage a feat which her predecessor at the PSD leadership, Liviu Dragnea, failed: Dragnea - now in prison for a corruption-related sentence - only managed to have a picture in the proximity of Trump at a collateral event of Trump's inauguration ceremonies. Dragnea's visit to the US at the time is currently reported to be subject of an inquiry.