Clinton: Brexit shows need for ‘experienced leadership’

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Hillary Clinton on Friday said the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union would usher in a period of “economic uncertainty” and highlighted the need for “experienced leadership” going forward.

“We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made,” Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, said in a statement. “Our first task has to be to make sure that the economic uncertainty created by these events does not hurt working families here in America. We also have to make clear America’s steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain and the transatlantic alliance with Europe.”

{mosads}But Clinton also said the vote for Britain to exit the EU, which has come to be known as a Brexit, highlighted the choice for Americans in the 2016 election.

“This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House to protect Americans’ pocketbooks and livelihoods, to support our friends and allies, to stand up to our adversaries, and to defend our interests,” she said.

“It also underscores the need for us to pull together to solve our challenges as a country, not tear each other down,” Clinton added, a shot at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Clinton’s response is notably different from that of Trump, who expressed enthusiastic support for Brexit.

“They took back control of their country,” Trump told reporters on Friday.

Trump said that the pound falling in currency markets as a result of the vote will benefit businesses, like his golf course in Scotland.

“Look, if the pound goes down, they’re going to do more business,” he said. “When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry.”


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