ELDER PATRIOT – President Obama and the woman who seeks to replace him were outspoken in their support of the Remain camp prior to yesterday’s vote on the Brexit. Obama had gone so far as to travel to Britain to warn the Brits that leaving the European Union would move them to “the back of the queue” when it came to negotiating trade deals with the United States.
Today, Obama and Hillary Clinton raised the white flag of surrender and were considerably more contrite in their messages.
After expressing his support for the continuance of the EU the president went on to say, “The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision. The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring.”
The president’s threats to the people of Great Britain were as hollow as his threats have been to China, Russia and Iran.
The president had advanced a lot of political capital to defeat the Brexit and he lost big time.
Clinton, opaque as she always tries to be in order to maintain plausible deniability on issues should they turn against her, also backed the Remain side. In April she sent a senior policy advisor out to deliver this message, “Hillary Clinton believes that transatlantic cooperation is essential, and that cooperation is strongest when Europe is united. She has always valued a strong United Kingdom in a strong EU. And she values a strong British voice in the EU.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump had come under fire from the mainstream media for his decision to travel to Scotland for the opening of Turnberry, the latest jewel in his golf resort portfolio on the same day as the Brexit vote. Trump had reiterated his support for Leave before he left the United States reassuring the Brits that they would never be relegated to the “back of the queue” no matter how they decided to vote.
As is proper for foreign leaders to do, Trump mostly opted to stay out of Britain’s private affairs having given this statement, “I would personally be more inclined to leave, for a lot of reasons like having a lot less bureaucracy. … But I am not a British citizen. This is just my opinion.”
The mainstream media mocked Trump because the optics of appearing in Scotland the morning after a Remain victory could be damaging to him. Instead, Trump awoke this morning and was able to declare of the Brits, “They took back their country. That’s a great thing.”
Trump later posted to Facebook that the citizens of Britain had “exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense.”
Donald Trump defied everyone including the Republican strategists who advised him not to go to Scotland in conjunction with the Brexit vote, and he once again proved everyone else wrong, greatly boosting his foreign policy credibility in the process.