In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared to be flummoxed by a question about the United Kingdom’s upcoming vote on a potential split from the European Union.
The Reporter’s Michael Wolff asked Trump about Brexit, the shorthand term referring to the UK leaving the European Union, but the candidate had no idea what that was.
“And Brexit? Your position?” I ask.
“The Brits leaving the EU,” I prompt, realizing that his lack of familiarity with one of the most pressing issues in Europe is for him no concern nor liability at all.
“Oh yeah, I think they should leave.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has shown a lack of familiarity with a key foreign policy issue. He’s struggled with questions related to Iran, the Korean Peninsula, nuclear weapons, and Islamist groups, to name a few. And this incident is just the latest in a number of serious foreign policy issues that Trump seems to be struggling with.
The Brexit vote could have serious ramifications for Britain. Prime Minister David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party, recently said that leaving the EU could “trash our economy.”
David Cameron Says He Would Welcome Trump To UKWorld CREDIT: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer In recent weeks, Republicans Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), House Speaker Paul Ryan…thinkprogress.orgTrump is scheduled to visit the UK on June 24 — just one day after the United Kingdom votes on whether it will stay in the EU or not. Cameron recently said he would welcome Trump, in what some perceive to be a walk-back of an earlier statement where the British leader called Trump “stupid,” but the prime minister has not yet said that he will meet with Trump on his upcoming visit.
UK voters are leaning toward an exit from the EU, according to a recent poll by the Guardian, which found a 52–48 split in favor of leaving. Both Cameron and his opposition in the Labour party support staying in Europe — but the Guardian found that many Labour party members are still unclear of this stance.
“A campaign memo from Britain Stronger In Europe leaked to the Guardian shows that only about half of Labour voters have realised their party is in favour of staying in the EU, with the rest thinking it is split or believing it is a party of Brexit,” the Guardian reported Monday.