- Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
- President Donald Trump twice on Friday the falsehood he was in the United Kingdom the day before Brexit and predicted the British people would vote to leave the European Union.
- But Trump was actually at the opening of Turnberry the day after the Brexit vote occurred, meaning his “prediction” came after the fact.
- He then repeated the claim during a Friday morning press conference with the UK prime minister.
President Donald Trump on Friday twice repeated the false claim he was in the United Kingdom the day before the so-called Brexit vote and predicted the British people would vote to leave the European Union.
He first retold the false story in an interview with The Sun, a British newspaper.
“I predicted Brexit. I was cutting a ribbon for the opening of Turnberry – you know they totally did a whole renovation, it is beautiful – the day before the Brexit vote,” Trump said.
He added, “I said, ‘Brexit will happen.’ The vote is going to go positive, because people don’t want to be faced with the horrible immigration problems that they are being faced with in other countries.”
But Trump was actually at the opening of Turnberry the day after the Brexit vote occurred, meaning his “prediction” came after the fact.
He repeated the falsehood during a press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
“All of you remember,” he said to reporters. “I was opening Turnberry the day before Brexit.”
“I said Brexit will happen and it did happen,” he added.
This not the first time Trump has falsely claimed he predicted the Brexit vote.
Trump’s interview with The Sun was full of provocative statements. He was decidedly critical of May and her Brexit plan, saying he “would have done it much differently.”
“I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me,” Trump added. “She wanted to go a different route.”
On Friday morning, Trump claimed The Sun interview was “fake news.”
“Unfortunately a story was done which was generally fine but didn’t put in what I said about” May, he said. “I said tremendous things.”