Trump Praises Brexit, Says Americans Can Also ‘Re-declare Their Independence’
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump flew into Scotland on June 24 for the opening of his Turnberry golf course, one day after the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.
Trump asserted his support: “I think it’s a great thing that’s happened. It’s an amazing vote, very historic.” He expanded on his support in a Facebook post:
“The people of the United Kingdom … have declared their independence from the European Union, and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy,” Trump wrote before drawing comparisons to the upcoming November Presidential election.
“Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence,” he wrote.
Landing in Scotland early on Friday, the presidential nominee applauded the people of Britain for “taking back their country” and warned that there would be more referendums similar to Britain’s vote across the European Union.
“This will not be the last,” he said shortly after landing.
America is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder w/a free & ind UK. We stand together as friends, as allies, & as a people w/a shared history.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016
Trump’s trip to Scotland is his first time out of the United States since the beginning of his campaign last June.
In his speech at the 9th tee of the Turnberry golf course, he touted the renovations to the property, and at a few key moments he commented on the Brexit vote, drawing comparisons to his own 2016 presidential election campaign.
“People want to see borders. They don’t necessarily want people pouring into their country that they don’t know who they are and where they come from,” he said.
In the wake of the vote, the pound hit its lowest level since 1985, diving 11 percent before recovering to $1.3704, eight percent below yesterday’s level.
Trump said in his speech that a lower value for the pound would help his golf course: “If the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry.”
— Bloomberg (@business) June 24, 2016
David Cameron announced his resignation as UK Prime Minister in response to the referendum’s vote.
Trump, when fielding questions on the golf course, remained supportive of Cameron, saying he was a “good man” but that he “didn’t get the mood of his country right.”
During the Republican primary season, Trump and Cameron had a short feud when Cameron called Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States “stupid.”
Trump was also critical of President Obama and Hillary Clinton for coming out against the Brexit vote:
“Well, she’s always misread everything. She’s misread this, and I was surprised that she was so bold,” Trump said of Clinton. “The only reason she did it is because Obama wanted it.”
“She does whatever he wants her to do.”
Responding to the Brexit vote via twitter, Clinton took a subtle jab at Trump’s temperament, arguing for her qualities of calm and experienced leadership.
“This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House,” she wrote.
“This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House.” —Hillary #BrexitVote
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 24, 2016