Trump: Britons ‘took back control of their country’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday welcomed the vote by UK residents to leave the European Union, saying they "took back control of their country", according to Reuters

The presumptive Republican nominee, who is in Scotland, was asked about the British vote and replied, "They took back control of their country. It's a great thing." 

"People are angry, all over the world, they're angry," added Trump. "They're angry over borders, they're angry over people coming into the country and taking over. Nobody even knows who they are. They're angry about many, many things." 

Asked if he meant in the United States or United Kingdom, Trump said, "There's plenty of other places. This will not be the last." 

Before the vote Trump had said he would be inclined to leave the EU and, on Friday he told reporters, "I said this was going to happen and I think that it's a great thing." 

Trump has exchanged insults with British Prime Minister David Cameron, who supported staying in the EU and said following the vote that he would resign by October.

The back and forth was over Trump’s call last December to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S. due to security concerns. Cameron called the idea “divisive and wrong”. 

Last month Cameron’s spokesman clarified that the British Prime Minister stands by his description of Trump's proposal as "divisive, stupid and wrong".

Months ago, noted Reuters, more than half a million Britons signed a petition to bar Trump from entering Britain, where he has several business interests, in response to his call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.

British lawmakers later decided against a ban as a violation of free speech. 

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


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