President Barack Obama issued a four sentence response to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union on Friday.
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, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy. So too is our relationship with the European Union, which has done so much to promote stability, stimulate economic growth, and foster the spread of democratic values and ideals across the continent and beyond. The United Kingdom and the European Union will remain indispensable partners of the United States even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship to ensure continued stability, security, and prosperity for Europe, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the world.
In April, while in the UK, Obama said that the UK will go to “the back of the queue” for trade deals with the United States if they left the EU. (RELATED: BREXIT: UK Votes To Leave European Union In Shock Result)
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said, “I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again,” in light of Britain leaving the EU.