Trump lashes out against Catalan referendum
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday met with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the White House, and at the same time struck a blow for a united Spain.
Five days before the controversial referendum in Catalonia, Rajoy sought support from the American president during a visit to Washington. And he achieved what he sought.
-I really think that the people in Catalonia should stay inside Spain. I think it’s stupid not to do so. – We are talking of staying in a truly magnificent, beautiful and very historic country, Trump said when he was asked about the referendum in Spain’s northeastern region during a press conference together with Rajoy.
Rajoy’s Government and Castillan courts insist that the referendum is unlawful and a number of measures have been put in place to stop it.
During the press conference, Rajoy stated that the referendum will not be implemented properly as planned on Sunday.
– Let’s be senssible and put an end to this whole story, says Rajoy.
The two leaders discussed a number of issues, including measures against terrorism, the fight against ISIL, the situation in North Korea and trade policy issues.
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