Trump, Clinton fundraising off Brexit vote
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonYang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Top GOP legislator in California leaves party GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties MORE are using the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union as a fundraising opportunity, sending emails to supporters Friday night to ask for campaign contributions. 


A majority of British voters voted Thursday to leave the European Union in a historic move that stunned onlookers and created immediate uncertainty in global financial markets, causing the value of the British pound to plummet. 

In Trump's fundraising email, he praised Britain's departure from the EU as "purely historic" and promised the U.S. would re-declare its independence if he wins the White House in November. 

"The voters stood up for their nation — they put the United Kingdom first, and they took their country back," Trump wrote. "Let's send another shockwave around the world. Let's take back our country from the corrupt career politicians and put Americans first. Let's re-declare our independence." 

Earlier Friday while speaking in Scotland at the reopening of his Turnberry golf course, Trump pledged the U.S. would remain a stalwart ally of Britain. 

"You just have to embrace it. It's the will of the people," Trump said. "What happened should have happened, and they'll be stronger for it." 

He then said the value of the British pound falling could benefit him financially. 

"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 said. 

Trump's fundraising pitch Friday is one of the first of his campaign. He sent out his first online call for small-dollar donations earlier this week after a May fundraising report showed his campaign account drying up. 

"This is my first fundraising email I have sent on behalf of my campaign," he wrote. "That's right. The FIRST ONE." 

Trump's campaign reported Monday just $1.3 million in the bank as of the start of June after raising just $3.1 million in May. By comparison, Clinton had $42.5 million in the bank.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee sent a similar fundraising email Friday evening, saying the U.S. can't afford to make the same mistake by electing Trump. 

"Right up until the moment the outcome of the vote was announced, political observers and financial analysts were confident that the referendum to leave the EU would fail. They never actually processed the possibility of a different result," wrote Christina Reynolds, the campaign's deputy communications director. 

"We can't make the same mistake. No matter what the collective wisdom of our political punditry has to say between now and November, Donald Trump has a real chance of winning this election. Together, we have to wrap our minds around that fact — and resolve to act on it."

Clinton Friday said the U.K.'s decision to leave the EU would usher in a period of "economic uncertainty" and highlighted the need for "experienced leadership" going forward. 

“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 in a statement. 

“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 Trump.