EU president threatens to ‘break up’ the US in revenge for Trump’s Brexit support
European Union Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker threatened to “break up” the United States on Thursday by encouraging Ohio and Austin, Texas, to split from the rest of America if Trump doesn’t change his stance on the EU.
“Brexit isn’t the end. A lot of people would like it that way, even people on another continent, where the newly elected president was happy that Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same,” Juncker said.
“But if he goes on like that, I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas in the United States of America.”
It’s unclear why Juncker focused on the state of Ohio, which supported Trump in November’s election, and Austin, a liberal stronghold in a largely Republican state.
Juncker’s comments do nothing to ease tensions with the Trump administration.
Trump, himself a supporter of Brexit, has called the EU a “vehicle for Germany” and said that other countries should consider leaving the union.
In January, European Council President Donald Tusk declared the Trump presidency a “threat” along with China, Russia, terrorism and radical Islam.
Tusk issued a public letter saying that “worrying declarations by the new American administration all make our future highly unpredictable … with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy.”
In February, in an effort to repair relations, Vice President Pence voiced his support for the European Union. During a a joint press conference with Tusk in Brussels. Pence claimed that he was “totally in favor” of the union and reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the partnership.