Before The Brexit, Donald Trump Was A Transnationalist Who Wanted ‘To Leave Borders Behind’

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On Friday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump released a statement praising Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

“The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples,” Trump said. “They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy.”

“I hope America is watching,” Trump also said.

Trump’s current support for increased British economic isolation is dramatically at odds with the position he took three years ago concerning the European Union.

In January 2013, Trump wrote an op-ed in the cyber pages of CNN enthusiastically endorsing the economic benefits of Europe-wide interdependence and calling for nations “to leave borders behind.”

“The near meltdown we experienced a few years ago made it clear that our economic health depended on dependence on each other to do the right thing,” Trump wrote in 2013.

“I think we’ve all become aware of the fact that our cultures and economics are intertwined,” Trump said. “Never before has the phrase ‘we’re all in this together’ had more resonance or relevance.”

Trump also expressed his support for transnational globalism.

“We will have to leave borders behind and go for global unity when it comes to financial stability,” Trump wrote — 1,250 days ago.

“The future of Europe, as well as the United States, depends on a cohesive global economy.” Trump declared. “All of us must work toward together toward that very significant common goal.”

Describing Europe as a “dense, colorful” “tapestry,” Trump also expressed his belief that “the global economy has become truly that — global.”

“We are now closer to having an economic community in the best sense of the term — we work with each other for the benefit of all,” Trump explained.

CNN featured Trump’s eloquent tribute to the benefits of globalism and abandoning national borders as part of its “complete coverage” of the 2014 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The World Economic Forum in Davos — a fancypants ski town in the Alps — is an annual conclave of a few thousand businessmen, politicians, self-proclaimed intellectuals and journalists.

The theme of the 2014 Davos meeting was “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.”

CNN described Trump as “one of the world’s foremost investors.”

Trump was in Scotland when news of the British referendum vote to leave the European Union was initially reported. He has tweeted amply about the momentous event. For example:

People in Scotland voted overwhelmingly — 62 percent to 38 percent — to remain in the European Union, according to The Telegraph.

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