Donald Trump tells Mariano Rajoy that Rafael Nadal is a "national treasure"

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Donald Trump tells Mariano Rajoy that Rafael Nadal is a "national treasure"

Donald Trump tells Mariano Rajoy that Rafael Nadal is a "national treasure"

MICHAEL REYNOLDS

EFE

The meeting between Rajoy and Trump took place in the White House and the president of the United States had praise for some Spanish athletes.

The president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, met with Spain's Mariano Rajoy and had words of praise for certain Spanish athletes. He referred, in particular, to Rafael Nadal, who Trump says is a "great treasure for Spain".

Trump made the comment to Rajoy during his visit to the White House, the government said. The president also declared his admiration for golfer Sergio Garcia, another top Spanish athlete.

Trump clearly never caught wind of Nadal's comments on him before he became president. "It’s not my style. I was in the United States when Trump was on the campaign trail,” Nadal said.

“It is true that I don’t care for his manner of speaking -- his way of expressing himself is not a style I appreciate," he continued.

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