The White House published a reading of President Biden’s call with the “president” of Spain
The White House repeatedly referred to the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, as “President” of Spain, in a reading of his call with US President Joe Biden before the next NATO summit in Madrid. Spain has been a constitutional monarchy for almost 50 years.
There were a total of three references to Sánchez as “President” from Spain, once in the title and twice in the body of the reading published on Tuesday night. In addition to bringing up the NATO meeting, scheduled for June 29, Biden thanked Spain for its contribution “security and humanitarian assistance” to Ukraine
Sanchez has “President of the Government of Spain” (President of the Government of Spain) in his Twitter bio, but the traditional translation of his post is “Prime Minister,” taking into account that the head of the Spanish State is King Felipe VI.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who also spoke with Sánchez on Tuesday, properly he referred to him as prime minister.
Spain became a monarchy again in 1975, after the death of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, who had ruled as dictator after the 1936-39 civil war. King Juan Carlos I of the Bourbon dynasty oversaw Spain’s entry into NATO in 1982 and into the EU in 1986. He abdicated in 2014 in favor of his son Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Grecia, officially known as King Felipe VI.
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