European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday said that he’ll encourage individual states to secede from the U.S. if President Donald Trump keeps pushing for other countries to leave the European Union.
“The newly elected U.S. president was happy that Brexit was taking place and was asking other countries to do the same,” Juncker said at the center-right European People’s Party congress in Malta, as quoted by CNN. “If he goes on like that I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas, in the United States of America.”
“Brexit? Your position?” interviewer Michael Wolff asked Trump.
“Brexit,” Wolff repeated.
“Hmm,” Trump said.
Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016
In August 2016, Trump tweeted that he would soon be known as “MR. BREXIT.”
They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2016
He did not clarify who “they” were or what the new moniker (which has not gained popularity since) would mean.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was a “leader in the effort to call Brexit.”
Spicer told reporters that Trump is “very well steeped in world affairs, especially Europe, NATO, all the issues.”