A triumphant Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump official and TV surrogate leaving White House: reports Biden: I regret not being president De Blasio blames Trump for 'dynamic of hatred' in US MORE on Friday pledged that the U.S. would remain a stalwart ally of Britain after the nation stunningly voted Thursday to leave the European Union.
Trump, who had sided with those arguing for the so-called Brexit, slammed President Obama for lobbying Britain to stay in the EU. Trump called it yet another example of Obama getting it wrong on the international stage.
Trump said "what happened should have happened, and they'll be stronger for it" and predicted "many other cases where they want to take their borders back."
He mocked Obama for getting involved, saying the president shouldn't have weighed in on the affairs of another country.
"The world doesn't listen to him," Trump said, calling the vote an embarrassment for Obama and claiming that the president's push in support of the campaign to remain in the EU, which included remarks during a trip to Britain, "perhaps caused it to fail."
Trump blasted Obama for warning in April that an exit from the EU would put Britain at the "back of the queue" on trade deals. Trump insisted such a scenario would not be allowed to happen under his watch, saying the United Kingdom would "always be at the front of the line."
A majority of Britain voted Thursday to leave the EU, a stunning move that created immediate uncertainty in global financial markets and sent the value of the British pound way down.
Trump said he could see a financial benefit to the British pound falling, saying, "Look, if the pound goes down, they're going to do more business. When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry."
Trump spent the first 12 minutes of his press conference lauding his newly reopened resort at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland before taking questions.
He used the time to pitch his property, pointing to a lighthouse in the background and commenting on the resort's "beautiful suites," calling the course "one of the most beautiful sites you'll ever see."
MSNBC pulled away from Trump's remarks on his golf course, and CNN did so minutes later, with commentators on both networks expressing shock the presumptive GOP nominee wasn't leading his remarks with a statement on the British vote.
Forget Brexit, isn't it amazing that there are suites in the Trump lighthouse in Scotland?
— David Gregory (@davidgregory) June 24, 2016
Trump called it a "very historic day for a lot of reasons, not only Turnberry. This is one of the big votes in the history of Europe and Scotland and everywhere. It was very exciting coming in.
"I wish everybody a lot of luck. It was purely historic," Trump said, noting his mother was born in Scotland.
Trump earlier hailed the Brexit vote in tweets, a statement and comments to media in Scotland, telling reporters, "They took back control of their country. It's a great thing."
"Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence," he said in his statement.
"People want to take their country back, they want independence in a sense," Trump added at the press conference, drawing a parallel between movements in the U.S. and Britain.
Trump said earlier Friday in a tweet that Scotland “is going wild over the vote.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016
Voters in Scotland overwhelmingly supported remaining in the EU, and political leaders have already pushed a split from the U.K. that would allow them to independently rejoin the EU.
Asked about the United Kingdom itself breaking up in the wake of the vote, Trump said that "it looks like it's on its way and we'll see what happens."
He said of Scotland declaring independence, "That's up to the people of Scotland. We've been through this," using a similar line to before the Brexit vote.