Trump says Britain leaving the EU ‘a fantastic thing’
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thrust himself into the heart of Britain’s internal struggle on Friday (June 24), lauding Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
In Scotland to reopen a golf resort, the wealthy New York businessman stopped to take questions from reporters after arriving in his signature helicopter at Turnberry near his clubhouse resort, a Scottish flag blowing in the wind.
Asked about Thursday’s (June 23) down-to-the-wire British vote, Trump said: “It’s a fantastic thing.”
“People are angry – all over the world they’re angry,” he said, adding “essentially, the same thing is happening in the United States.”
Trump was visiting the golf resort to showcase his far-flung business empire. His visit to Turnberry, to be followed by a stop at his resort in Aberdeen on Saturday (June 25), coincides with a British decision that exposes deep divisions and deals the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two.
Scotland voted by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent to remain in the EU, a result that put it sharply at odds with Britain as a whole, which voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave.
Trump’s mother was born on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis.
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