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