An elated Donald Trump kicked off his Trip to the opening of his golf resort in Scotland by celebrating Britain’s 52% to 48% vote to leave the European Union, calling it a “great thing” for locals that will help business at Trump Turnberry.
Running a country, he said, is not unlike running a golf resort.
“When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, frankly,” Trump said this afternoon at a Trump Turnberry newser, when asked about the value of the British currency dropping in the wake of yesterday’s vote.
“For traveling and for other things, I think it very well could turn out to be a positive.”
As to the any parallels to running a country, Trump explained, “You’ll be amazed how similar it is. It’s a place that has to be fixed.”
(Scotland voted 62% to 38% to remain in the EU and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has reacted to the results by saying he’s probably will to hold another vote on Scotland leaving the UK.)
Trump today suggested his Dem rival, and President Barack Obama, had helped set the vote in motion, saying both have misread the mood of an angry people.
“People are angry. All over the world they’re angry,” he said, speaking to reporters. “We’re doing very well in the United States, and essentially the same thing has happened in the United States. They are angry over borders, they are angry over people coming into the country and taking over, and nobody even knows who they are. They’re angry about many, many things. They took back control of their country. It’s a great thing.”
He forecast same results in the U.S. in November. “You’re taking your country back. You’re going to let people that you want into your country, and people who you don’t want, or people that you don’t think are going to be appropriate for your country or good for your country, you are not going to take.”
Meanwhile, presumptive Dem nominee Hillary Clinton spent the morning casting the UK development as further evidence the United States needs its next POTUS to have experience in international politics, not golf-course running:
In a statement posted on Facebook, Trump said voters in the UK “have declared their independence from the European Union, and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.”
Clinton tweeted her statement earlier:
Trump was greeted at the press conference by hundreds of demonstrators, who blasted him over his perceived racist, xenophobic and Islamaphobic comments. Some of the protestors in Scotland were reported to be carrying Mexican flags in protest at some of Trump’s anti-Mexican comments. Another protester handed out red golf balls decorated with swastikas.