Shortly after taking office, Trump ordered to take down the Spanish-language version of the White House website. Trump has also vowed to build a wall in the Mexican border – something that Spaniards seem to disapprove of.
The latter had been seriously criticized for his foreign policy decisions, including the war in Iraq. By contrast, Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, was very popular among Spaniards.
According to Powell, during their joint-press conference, Rajoy and Trump will likely promise to further coordinate the fight against terrorism and there’s the possibility that Trump might comment on the situation in Catalonia.
The Spanish region aims to carry out an independence referendum Sunday, but the national government believes that this goes against the constitution and it is therefore illegal. The issue is not new with Catalonia calling for a clear break from the rest of Spain since 2012.
“So far, Rajoy’s strategy of fully relying on legal means to stop the vote seems to be working, with the Catalan police collaborating with national police forces in their actions against the referendum,” Antonio Barroso, deputy director of research at Teneo Intelligence said in a note last week.