In his joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, US President Donald Trump claimed to have been in Scotland in the run-up to June’s Brexit referendum.
However Trump was not actually in the UK at that time, though he did land in Scotland the day after the referendum, and has been consistent in his support for the UK leaving the European Union.
Trump is saying he was mocked for predicting Brexit when he was in Scotland the day before the vote. He arrived in Scotland the day after.— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) January 27, 2017
“I happened to be in Scotland… cutting a ribbon, when Brexit happened. I said- this was the day before, you probably remember- ‘Brexit is going to happen’ and I was scorned in the press for making that prediction”.
The UK voted on whether to remain part of the EU or leave on June 23 2016.
Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 24 June 2016
At today’s White House press conference, Trump told May that he thinks Brexit will be a “wonderful thing” for the UK.
Trump has hailed Brexit as a reflection of the desire for change that he says Americans showed by electing him.
Many people are equating BREXIT, and what is going on in Great Britain, with what is happening in the U.S. People want their country back!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 24 June 2016
Trump has also been a vocal advocate for Brexit campaigner and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. That support proved mutual as Trump invited Farage to speak at one of his many campaign events.