Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that Britons had taken back control of their country on Friday, after they voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum.
In a wide ranging press conference the tycoon said that, in the wake of the referendum, the break-up of the EU looked like it was “on its way, and we’ll see what happens.”
Trump also commented on President Barack Obama’s warning in April that the U.K. would find itself at the back of the queue in trade talks if it left the EU.
“President Obama did say, I guess, that they should move to the back of the line,” he said.
“That wouldn’t happen with me: the UK has been such a great ally for so long, they’ll always be at the front of the line, they’ve been amazing allies in good times and in bad times.”
On Thursday, the U.K. voted to leave the European Union by 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent in one of the most significant referendums in generations. The result stunned global financial markets, which had priced in a victory for the “remain” vote.
Earlier on Friday, Trump Tweeted: “Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!”
Although Britons overall voted to leave the EU, Trump’s comments seemed to jar with the mood of some voters in Scotland, where 62 percent said they wanted to remain part of the EU, according to Reuters.
Trump spoke to reporters on arriving in Scotland in his helicopter, according to media reports. “People are angry; all over the world, they’re angry,” Reuters reported the businessman as saying.
“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,” he added.
When asked if he was referring to U.S. or U.K. voters, Trump said there were “plenty of other places. This will not be the last.”
Getting ready to open the magnificent Turnberry in Scotland. What a great day, especially when added to the brave & brilliant vote.