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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was quick to praise the decision of British voters Thursday to leave the European Union, drawing parallels to his own campaign.
Trump, who is visiting Scotland, sent out a statement and a series of tweets Friday morning about the referendum result.
“Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote,” Trump tweeted. “They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!”
He continued in subsequent tweets: “Self-determination is the sacred right of all free people’s, and the people of the UK have exercised that right for all the world to see … America is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder w/a free & ind UK. We stand together as friends, as allies, & as a people w/a shared history.”
Trump’s statement praised UK voters for voting to “reassert control over their own politics, borders, and economy.”
“Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence,” he said in the statement, adding “I hope America is watching – it will soon be time to believe in America again.”
Trump also said on ABC News on Friday that he saw a “big parallel” between the British vote to leave the EU and his campaign.
“People want to take their country back,” Trump said. “They want to have independence in a sense. And you see it with Europe, all over Europe. You’re going to have more than just … what happened last night. 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.”
“I think you’re going to have this more and more,” he added.
Here’s the full statement:
The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders, and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture, and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.
Come November, the American people will have the chance to redeclare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration, and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by, and for the people. I hope America is watching – it will soon be time to believe in America again.