Brexit claim at Turn­berry fails to add up... he was not there

The Herald - - TRUMP VISIT - TOM GOR­DON

DON­ALD TRUMP has in­sisted he pre­dicted Brexit while vis­it­ing Scot­land the day be­fore the EU referendum, de­spite ac­tu­ally ar­riv­ing the day af­ter it.

The US Pres­i­dent made the bo­gus claim in an in­ter­view with the Sun news­pa­per yesterday, and then re­peated it at his Che­quers press con­fer­ence with Theresa May.

He said he had fore­cast the re­sult while launch­ing his Turn­berry golf course and re­sort.

He told the pa­per: “I pre­dicted Brexit. I was cut­ting a rib­bon for the open­ing of Turn­berry... the day be­fore the Brexit vote. I said, ‘Brexit will hap­pen’. I said Brexit will hap­pen, and I was right.”

How­ever, the Brexit vote was on June 23, 2016, and Mr Trump was at Turn­berry on June 24.

He com­mented pub­licly af­ter the out­come was al­ready known, and af­ter David Cameron had an­nounced he would be re­sign­ing as Prime Min­is­ter.

De­spite the facts, Mr Trump then re­peated the story at Che­quers, adding there had been “an un­be­liev­ably large num­ber of re­porters there” that day. He said: “They all showed up on the 9th hole, over­look­ing the ocean [Firth of Clyde]... and all they wanted to talk about was Brexit.

“They asked for my opin­ion and, I think you will agree, I said ‘Brexit will hap­pen’, and it did hap­pen. Then we cut the rib­bon.

“The rea­son I felt it was go­ing to hap­pen was be­cause of immigration.”

He in­sisted: “I said I thought it was go­ing to hap­pen and it did hap­pen.”

At the time, Mr Trump was the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee in the US elec­tion, and was in­deed asked by the me­dia about Brexit, but for his re­ac­tion to the re­sult.

He said: “I think it’s a great thing that’s hap­pened. It’s an amaz­ing vote, very his­toric.”

“Peo­ple are an­gry all over the world. They’re an­gry over bor­ders, they’re an­gry over peo­ple coming into the coun­try and tak­ing over and no­body even knows who they are.”

The mis­take by Mr Trump, who boasts “one of the great mem­o­ries of all time”, was high­lighted on so­cial me­dia and chal­lenged by po­lit­i­cal re­porters.

White House staffer

Stephanie Gr­isham, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions to First Lady Me­la­nia Trump, then de­fended her boss, tweet­ing: “He did. It ac­tu­ally is true. I was there.

June 23.”

Mr Trump did fore­cast Brexit be­fore the vote, but not at the Turn­berry rib­bon-cut­ting.

In May 2016, he told ITV’S Good Morn­ing Bri­tain: “I think Bri­tain will sep­a­rate from the EU.”

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