Why do they keep making this mistake?
From Nick Gutteridge’s article at London’s Express:
EUROPEAN Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon issued a jaw-dropping threat to the United States, saying he could campaign to break up the country in revenge for Donald Trump’s supportive comments about Brexit.
The remarks are diplomatic dynamite at a time when relations between Washington and Brussels are already strained over Europe’s meagre contributions to NATO and the US leader’s open preference for dealing with national governments
He said: “Brexit isn’t the end. A lot of people would like it that way, even people on another continent where the newly elected US President was happy that the Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same.
“If he goes on like that I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas in the US.”
Mr Juncker’s comments did not appear to be made in jest and were delivered in a serious tone, although one journalist did report some “chuckles” in the audience and hinted the EU boss may have been joking. The remarks came in the middle of an angry speech in which the top eurocrat railed widely against critics of the EU Commission.
Mr Juncker did not criticise Britain at all during his speech, and only made reference to Brexit in relation to Mr Trump and the opportunities it presents for Europe to reform itself.
Yeah, Jean-Claude. Have a go at it. But first I suggest you do two things:
1: Confer with your pals at the EU, see what they think about the gauntlet you just laid down to President Trump;
2: Think about who you’re laying the gauntlet down to. This is not some politician who will let it roll off his back. This is a thin-skinned egomaniac, who just happens to also be the single most powerful man on earth for the next four years.
I am no fortune teller. But if I were betting, I would be betting that it will not take long – maybe it is already happening – for Juncker to assure everyone that he was not serious, it was just a joke, and he regrets making this comment.
I would also bet that there are left wing looney-tunes in Ohio and Austin, Texas who will applaud him for it – and counterparts in California, maybe other states – saying “deal us in too”.