Jewish leaders have defended Romania's President Klaus Iohannis after a politician he refused to appoint as minister accused him of anti-Semitism.
Iohannis, who signs off on ministerial appointments, on Tuesday rejected two nominees including ex-business minister Ilan Laufer, who was selected to be development minister by the government.
Laufer, a Romanian Jew, hit back calling the president anti-Semitic.
Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum Director Radu Ioanid told The Associated Press Wednesday "the accusation doesn't hold water."
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He said Iohannis "supports our work in Europe and Romania combatting Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism."
Iohannis also condemned Laufer for "using such sensitive terms for political gain."
Later Wednesday, Liviu Dragnea, leader of the governing Social Democratic Party, publicly distanced himself from Laufer's remarks.