The president of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, on his first visit to the White House, tried to impressed Barack Obama with the pseudo idea of an improvement of the Spanish economy. Obama congratulated Rajoy for his “progress,” but also reminded him of the “huge challenge” of unemployment.
Rajoy acknowledged that the debate over the independence of Catalonia can damage the Spanish economy and pledged to Obama that separation “is not going to happen” and this debate “will overcome.”
“In the world we live in, the bigger is better… The smaller, is undoubtedly much worse,” Rajoy said. While Obama did not answer when he was asked about his opinion on whether the Catalan independence will stop the economic improvement.
Rajoy congratulated Obama for the “progress” of the economy and reduce the public deficit. “Although Spain has stabilized, there are still enormous challenges to lower unemployment and increase growth,” said the U.S. president.