President Trump is holding a joint news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. ET from the White House Rose Garden, following a working lunch and meeting.
Rajoy arrived in the United States on Monday, marking his first Washington visit since January 2014.
Mr. Trump and Rajoy last spoke on the phone after the August terrorist attacks in Barcelona, when a van rammed into pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring 100. The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack. The two leaders were to discuss further efforts in the fight against terrorism during Tuesday’s meetings.
Both Mr. Trump and Rajoy are facing internal political divisions. For Mr. Trump, his recent comments on NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem have sparked a heated debate promptting responses from teams, celebrities, individual athletes and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Also a source of tension — the Senate’s last-minute effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a health care bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, is now almost certain to fail, causing tension with the president after Republicans’ inability to follow through on a long-promised goal to repeal and replace Obamacare. Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky have all announced their “no” votes on the bill, scuttling its ability to pass with a simple majority (rather than the normal 60-vote minimum) before a Sept. 30 deadline.
For Rajoy, the conference falls just days ahead of Catalonia’s referendum on independence. The Catalonian region of Spain has been calling for independence since 2012, however, the Spanish government sees Sunday’s upcoming referendum as an illegal vote in violation of the Spanish constitution.
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