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Spain's Former Amb. Slams White House on an Independent Catalonia

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Spain's former ambassador to the United States was unequivocal in his response to statements from the White House suggesting the U.S. would recognize a Catalonia independent from Spain.

“Extremely disgraceful” is how Javier Ruperez, described the response.

Catalonia votes on whether to secede from Spain in a referendum scheduled for Oct. 1.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax on Monday, Ruperez issued his answer to a question about Catalonia’s secession asked early to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and an earlier reply to a question on the same subject by U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Asked about the secession vote on Sept. 13, Nauert told a group of foreign correspondents: “We will let the government and the people there work it out, and we will work with whatever government or entity that comes out of it.”

On Monday — a day before Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is scheduled to meet with President Trump at the White House — I read Nauert’s remarks to Sanders and asked if the U.S. would endorse an independent Catalonia after the controversial vote Sunday.

“"I don’t have anything further than what Heather has already said on that issue,” replied the president’s top spokeswoman, “If it changes after that takes place, we'll let you know."

“Both [statements] show a worrisome degree of ignorance about events in Spain,” said Ruperez, also a former assistant United Nations secretary general. He also called the remarks of Sanders and Nauert “improper coming from well-known and high officials of the American government.”

The remarks of the two U.S. spokeswomen come as Spanish courts have declared the referendum mandating secession illegal. Both the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police force) and the state police are expected to mobilize this weekend to prevent the controversial referendum.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Rajoy declared that the independence vote “would mean liquidating the law” and vowed that the referendum would not go ahead.

“I would like to think that the faux pas [remarks of Sanders and Nauert] is only due to ignorance,” said Ruperez, “Otherwise, we might be taken to believe that the American Government is contemplating favorably the breaking up of the territorial integrity of one of the U.S.'s closest allies and friends."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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