Donald Trump hailed Britain’s decision to leave the European Union this morning, telling reporters in Scotland: “They took back control of their country. It’s a great thing.” Trump, visiting Scotland for a ribbon-cutting at one of his golf courses, pointed out that he had called for the Brexit while Obama had opposed it, and he said the vote could foretell his election as president.
“I think I see a big parallel – people want to take their country back,” he said. “Are you traveling with foreign policy advisers?” Trump was asked. “I’ve been in touch with them,” he replied “but there’s nothing to talk about … ultimately I think it will be a good thing.”
Hillary Clinton released a statement on the Brexit, saying “We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made.” “This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House,” Clinton said. The statement calls for protection for working families from economic uncertainty and attests to “America’s steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain”.
President Barack Obama said that the special relationship is enduring, and “the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone.” In a statement, the president declared that “the United Kingdom and the European Union will remain indispensable partners of the United States even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship.”
(via: The Guardian)