Juncker threatens to promote Ohio independence after Trump’s Brexit backing 

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday he would promote the independence of U.S. states if Donald Trump continues to encourage EU countries to follow the U.K.’s example and leave the bloc.At a meeting of leaders of the center-right European People’s Party in Malta, Juncker said Brexit would not be the end of the European Union — even if some people, such as Trump, would like that outcome.In response to White House claims that Trump was “a leader on Brexit,” Juncker declared: “If that continues, I’ll call for Ohio to be independent and Texas to leave the United States.”Juncker’s remarks came a day after Britain formally notified the EU that it intended to depart.“Brexit should be the beginning of something new, something better,” Juncker said. “We need to continue.”Juncker added that there was much for the 27 remaining EU members to do, including strengthening security and defense policy. “A chicken coop is a close combat formation compared to Europe’s common defense,” he said, speaking in German. ALSO ON POLITICOWhite House: Trump was a leader on BrexitCYNTHIA KROET

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