Asked what he would do as president if Texas seceded from the United States, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday said he did not think that would happen.
“Texas will never do that because Texas loves me,” Trump told reporters in Scotland. “Texas would never do that if I’m president.” The question, asked during a tour of Trump’s Scottish golf course, appeared to be an attempt to draw a parallel between Texas and the United Kingdom’s vote to withdraw from the European Union.
Texas cannot legally secede from the nation, though the notion surfaces from time to time.
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
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