In his first foreign trip as the Republican Party’s likely presidential nominee, Donald Trump said he sees a “real parallel” between the nationalist movement that successfully led a referendum on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and support for his own candidacy in the United States.
“People want to take their country back,” Trump said, speaking at a press conference in Turnberry, Scotland. “They want to take their borders back, they want to take their monetary back, they want to take a lot of things back.”
While promoting a resort he owns there there, the purpose of his trip abroad, Trump said economic changes that are likely to happen due to uncertainty about the biggest geopolitical shift in a generation might actually benefit the U.K., because, “If the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry.”
Trump said the economic impact would be more measurable in “about five years,” adding: “What is known is that they’ve taken back their independence.”
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of State, has not yet weighed in on the so-called “Brexit.” Unlike Trump, Clinton had urged Britain to stay in the EU.