Asked about the crisis in Catalonia on Tuesday at the White House, US President Donald Trump said "Spain is a great country and it should remain united", adding "I would like to see Spain continue to be united".

"I think the people of Catalonia have been talking about this for a long time", he added: "I'm just for a united Spain; I speak as the President of the United States".

He said secession would be "foolish".

Mariano Rajoy said US-Spain relations were "excellent" and that the two countries were "two democratic friends and allies".

The two leaders said they shared position o...