AYRSHIRE, Scotland (AP) – Hillary Clinton says economic uncertainty sparked by the Britain’s choice to leave the European Union “underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House.”
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee says the United States’ “first task” is to ensure economic uncertainty created by the move doesn’t hurt American families. She released a statement on the “Brexit” vote Friday morning.
Like President Barack Obama and most British leaders, Clinton supported the “Remain” effort. Republican Donald Trump has praised the development as “fantastic.”
Clinton says she respects the choice of British voters. The vote, she says, “underscores the need for us to pull together to solve our challenges as a country, not tear each other down.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump says the British people have “taken back their independence” with a vote to leave the European Union.
Trump is talking to reporters in Scotland, where he is visiting two of his golf courses.
He is drawing parallels between the so-called Brexit vote and the U.S. presidential campaign, saying people want to take their borders back.
The British vote was marked by debate on some of the populist themes driving the Trump campaign, such as concerns about immigration and border security.
Trump also says David Cameron, who plans to resign as British prime minister because of the vote, “is a good man,” but was wrong on the Brexit issue.