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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump as they hold a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told journalists on Tuesday they opposed a referendum in Spain's Catalonia region scheduled for this weekend, which the Spanish government has tried to thwart.

"I'm just for a united Spain," said Trump, who cast doubt on polling data predicting a 'yes' vote for independence will win. "I really think the people of Catalonia would stay with Spain. I think it would be foolish not to."

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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