Trump: British 'Want to Be Able to Have a Country Again...And I Think It's Happening in the U.S.'

Susan Jones | June 24, 2016 | 8:03am EDT
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The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump makes a speech at his revamped Trump Turnberry golf course in Turnberry Scotland Friday June 24, 2016. Trump, in Scotland the day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, saluted the decision, saying the nation's citizens "took back their country." (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

( - Speaking from his newly renovated golf course in Turnberry, Scotland on Friday, Republican Donald Trump said he sees a "big parallel" between the United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union and the trend in the United States:

"People want to take their country back, and they want to have independence in a sense, and you see it with Europe, all over Europe."

Trump said he expects other countries to follow Britain's lead: "You're going to have, I think many other cases, where they want to take their borders back, they want to take their monetary back, they want to take a lot of things back. They want to be able to have a country again. So I think you're going to have this happen more and more. I really believe that. And I think it's happening in the United States."

Trump said people want borders: "They don't necessarily want people pouring into their country that they don't know who they are and where they come from, they have no idea."

Asked how his administration would approach the Britain's exit from the E.U., Trump said, "You just have to embrace's not a question of approaching it, it's the will of the people. It's always the will of the people, ultimately, that wins out."

He also responded to President Obama's remark in April that it could take a decade for the U.K. to negotiate a new trade agreement with the United States if it leaves the European Union.

"Well, President Obama did say, I guess, that they (U.K.) should move to the back of the line. That wouldn't happen with me. The U.K.'s been such a great ally for so long, they'll always be at the front of the line."

Trump noted that Obama probably said that because he believed the European Union was "going to stay together."

"But it didn't stay together, and I felt it wouldn't stay together, and again, I think that's what's happening in the United States, it's not staying together, it's a really positive force taking place -- they want to take their country back, the people want their country back, we don't want to lose our jobs, we don't want to lose our borders, they want to have wage increases."

Trump said Obama was "inappropriate" to urge the U.K. to stay in the E.U., and he even suggested that Obama's comments may have produced the "exit" result.

Responding to a question about the supposedly dire economic consequences of the Brexit vote, Trump said if the pound sterling goes down in value, more people will come to his new golf course.

"But for traveling and for other things, I think it could very well turn out to be positive. Nobody really knows. You'll know in about five years, you'll be able to analyze it, and maybe it will take even longer than that. But what is known is, they've taken back their independence, and that's a very, very important thing."

Trump said he believes the U.K. will "end up being stronger" for leaving the European Union, "and they'll control everything about their country."

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