In Scotland, Donald Trump Praises Brexit Vote as Brits ‘Taking Back Their Country’

Donald Trump was in Scotland the day after Britain voted to leave the EU. Photograph by Ian MacNicol Getty Images
Donald Trump was in Scotland the day after Britain voted to leave the EU.
Photograph by Ian MacNicol Getty Images

Trump is in Scotland to open his Turnberry golf course

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday weighed in on Britain’s historic decision to leave the European Union during a business trip to Scotland to christen his newly refurbished Turnberry golf resort.

As he arrived at the resort Friday morning, Trump told a gaggle of reporters that the Brexit vote “is a great thing” and that it represents the British people taking their country back, according to media reports.

In May, Trump said his personal belief—as opposed to an official recommendation—was that the U.K. would be better off apart from the EU. In explaining that stance, Trump mainly cited immigration. “I think the migration has been a horrible thing for Europe,” Trump said. “A lot of that was pushed by the EU. I would say that they’re better off without it, personally, but I’m not making that as a recommendation. Just my feeling.”

Either way, Trump is one of the only foreign luminaries to have weighed on the side of the ultimate winners of the vote. President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and almost all of the serving government heads in the other 27 E.U. states had urged the U.K. not to leave.

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SOURCE: Fortune