FLASHBACK: Obama Threatens Brits Against Voting For Brexit
While Donald Trump does a bit of a victory lap in Scotland, President Obama gets to wallow in yet another foreign policy humiliation. Back in April, Obama slapped down his Leader of the Free World Card and threatened Britons against voting to leave the European Union.
The thrust of Obama's threat was that the UK would fall to the "back of the queue" if they voted to take back their sovereignty. Those arguing that the British could work out a new deal with the US, said Obama, were misleading voters.
"They are voicing an opinion about what the United States is going to do, I figured you might want to hear from the president of the United States what I think the United States is going to do," he said in an "emotional plea" to the British people at a press conference in April.
"And on that matter, for example, I think it’s fair to say that maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement, but it’s not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done," said Obama. In other words, he said, "The UK is going to be in the back of the queue."
While he insisted he wasn't issuing a threat, he went on to warn the British that they risked cutting themselves off from a market that accounted for 44% of their exports and "millions of jobs."
"This is a decision for the people of the United Kingdom to make," he said. "I’m not coming here to fix any votes. I’m not casting a vote myself. I am offering my opinion, and in democracies, everybody should want more information, not less, and you shouldn’t be afraid to hear an argument being made."
Well, the citizens of the UK heard Obama's helpful "information" loud and clear, and rejected it two months later.
The man who was standing next to Obama while he delivered his thinly veiled threat, British Prime Minister David Cameron, has announced that he will resign after the devastating defeat of his Remain campaign. Obama meanwhile, will undoubtedly dismiss this as a failure of "moral courage" of the British people, not his own overt political meddling.