Liviu Dragnea and his children, banned from entering U.S.

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Former PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea, as well as his children, Valentin Stefan Dragnea and Maria Alexandra Dragnea, have been placed under a public designation by the U.S. Department of State, meaning Dragnea and his children are banned from entering the U.S. territory due to the former SocDem leader’s prison sentence for corruption.

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo is publicly designating the former Speaker of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Nicolae Dragnea, due to his involvement in significant corruption. This designation is made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6). Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members. In addition to the designation of Mr. Dragnea, the Secretary is also publicly designating Mr. Dragnea’s two children, Valentin Ştefan Dragnea and Maria Alexandra Dragnea.

Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is committed to fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Romania,” reads a State Department’s official press release entitled “Public Designation, Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption, of Romania’s Liviu Nicolae Dragnea”.

Dragnea’s daughter lives in Los Angeles, media reports

Alexandra Dragnea, Liviu Dragnea’s daughter has been living in Los Angeles for several years due to a student visa, as she is an acting student.

After her father has been sentenced to jail and imprisoned in May this year, she came back to Romania to visit him in the penitentiary.

Alexandra Dragnea is romantically involved with Alexandru Maţaev, a former contender in a music competition, according to viva.ro.

Moldovan-born Mataev is currently a singer. Four years ago, he filmed a video for one of his songs on Liviu Dragnea’s domain in Teleorman, with Alexandra Dragnea starring in the video clip.

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