U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump thrust himself into the heart of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union on Friday, calling it a “great thing” and drawing parallels to his own insurgent campaign.
In Scotland to reopen a golf resort he owns, the wealthy New York businessman wasted no time interpreting the outcome of the “Brexit” vote as an example of a global uprising against the established order, an argument he said fits in with his own campaign to shake up Washington by renegotiating free trade deals and stopping illegal immigration.
“People want to take their country back. They want to have independence in a sense. You see it with Europe, all over Europe,” said Trump, 70, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.
He said the economic shock from the vote would ebb over time and that more European countries might want to break with the 28-nation European Union. He said Americans would have a chance “to re-declare their independence” and “reject today’s rule by the global elite” when they vote on Nov. 8.