SPAIN POLITICS: Donald Trump Says, Catalonia Independence is ‘Foolish’ Idea, ‘I’m for United Spain’

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By Politicoscope September 30, 2017 15:58

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“I think Spain is a great country, and it should remain united. I think the people of Catalonia have been talking about this for a long time. I’m just for a united Spain.”

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SPAIN POLITICS: Donald Trump Says, Catalonia Independence is ‘Foolish’ Idea, ‘I’m for United Spain’

US President Donald Trump said that his country opposes Catalunya independence, calling the idea ‘foolish.’ His comments came as Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy jetted to the US to meet the American president for the first time.

Rajoy had hoped to get Trump on his side ahead of the upcoming vote.

And Trump delivered the goods when he said: “I’m for a united Spain, I really think the people of Catalonia would stay with Spain.”

“I think Spain is a great country, and it should remain united,” Trump added during a news conference in the Rose Garden.

“I think the people of Catalonia have been talking about this for a long time.

“I’m just for a united Spain,” he said.

He added that if accurate polling were done in the region ‘you’d find out people of Catalonia love their country, they love Spain.’

Spain’s government claims the vote violates the constitution, and officially suspended it, before raiding offices, arresting officials and destroying voting slips.

At meeting the pair also discussed Spain’s role in the EU and its commitment to NATO.

The president’s remarks on Catalunya mark a departure from the official position of the United States, which, as recently as Monday, was that a planned nonbinding Catalonia referendum Sunday to separate from Spain was an internal matter.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had said earlier this month that the United States took no position on the referendum.

Trump repeatedly referred to prime minister Rajoy as ‘president’ as they stood next to each other at the joint White House press conference.

Even after meeting with Rajoy beforehand, Trump couldn’t seem to remember what the leader’s position was.

Trump first bungled Rajoy’s title while introducing him, and the Spanish prime minister seemed visibly perplexed, turning his head suddenly to stare at Trump.

Trump got it wrong again when asking if a reporter had a question for the “president” beside him.

Even the White House livestream got it wrong, referring to the event as a ‘Joint Press Conference with President Rajoy.’

OTHER NEWS NOW: Catalans occupy polling stations before referendum
Supporters of an independence referendum in Catalonia have begun occupying polling stations in a bid to ensure Sunday’s vote goes ahead, stoking fears of violent confrontation with Spanish police.

Spain’s central government in Madrid, which opposes the referendum, has sent thousands of police reinforcements to the Catalonian capital of Barcelona to stop people from voting.

A court on Wednesday ordered police to prevent the use of public buildings “for the preparation and organisation” of the referendum.

But as classes ended for the day, small groups of activists, including parents with their children, on Friday peacefully occupied several schools where voting is scheduled to take place.

“We want to make sure the school is open for activities and at night when they might come to clear us out or empty it, there will be families sleeping or people in the street,” Hector, 43, told Reuters news agency.

Parents vowed to come out and protect their children occupying the schools.

“I am going to sleep here with my oldest son who is a student here,” Gisela Losa, a mother of three, told AFP news agency at Reina Vionant primary school in Barcelona’s Gracia neighbourhood.

Spain’s government said on Saturday police had sealed off 1,300 of 2,315 schools in Catalonia that had been designated as polling stations for the banned independence referendum.

A government source said 163 schools earmarked as voting centres have been occupied by families.

– OP / aljazeera


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