MATTEO SALVINI took a swipe at Brussels as he accused the EU of “using journalists” to promote during a press conference in Strasbourg.
The leader of the Italian League party, who is in the run to form Italy’s new government after successful results in the Italian election, accused journalists interrupting him during a press conference of being “lefties” unhappy about the election results.
Mr Salvini was addressing the European Parliament in a press conference aimed at announcing his resignation as an MEP following his victory in the Italian Senate on March 4.
MEPs from the Europe of Freedom and Democracy party, of which Mr Salvini is a member, applauded the Italian politician as he began to address the EU Parliament.
Some of the journalists present in the room complained about the enthusiasm shown by the MEPs and interrupted Mr Salvini during his speech.
The journalists claimed it was unprofessional of the MEPs to show support while a new government is yet to be formed in Italy following the inconclusive results.
The Italian eurosceptic invited them to leave the room if they were unhappy with the results of the Italian election, accusing them of being “lefties” who could not accept the will of the Italian people.
As Mr Salvini pointed at one of the journalists who continued to confront the politician on the issue, he said: “This is proof of a European Union built by people who didn’t take into account men and women but numbers.