European Referendum: Obama says ‘stay’, Trump says ‘go’ but the British really don’t care what US thinks

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Why is it, do you think, that American politicians are quick to give their opinions, often unwanted, about events in other countries but are less happy, even offended, when the situation is reversed?

During his ‘goodbye’ official visit to Britain, last month, President Barack Obama said he wanted the UK to remain in the European Union. He said Britain was at its best when “helping to lead” a strong EU and membership made it a “bigger player” on the world stage.

Now, the man almost certain to be the Republican candidate in this November’s presidential election, business mogul Donald Trump has said he thinks the UK would be “better off without” the European Union.

Trump talked on Fox News about the migration crisis and said: “I think the migration has been a horrible thing for Europe, a lot of that was pushed by the EU.”

To be fair, though, ‘The Donald’ did say that it was just his opinion and not a recommendation about which way to vote in Britain’s referendum on June 23. “I know Great Britain very well, I know the country very well, I have a lot of investments there. I want them to make their own decision,” he said.

President Obama had urged the UK to remain in the EU and said Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for trade deals with the US if it votes to leave.

His intervention in UK domestic politics sparked an angry reaction among Leave campaigners.

Trump ‘scary’, Hillary ‘a liar’ – pick your US President

DJT_Headshot_V2_400x400 HCFront runners: Republican Trump and Democrat Clinton.

Presidential hopefuls in the race to become the Republican party’s candidate in the USA presidential election may have been reduced to three but it is quite possible than none of those three may be the eventual nominee as chosen by the party’s convention.

And, if that seems to make a complete nonsense of the whole system of primaries and caucuses … well, yes it does.

However, if no candidate gains an overall majority of pledged delegate votes in time, the convention will become contested and then, it seems, anything can happen. The chosen candidate may, in fact, be none of those involved in the primaries and caucuses.

Does that strike you as crazy?

Over in the Democrat camp, former first lady, former senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has amassed a great deal of delegate support so far but, at the moment, she has not gained enough and rival Senator Bernie Sanders has pulled off some remarkable primary wins to keep up the pressure.

Her biggest problem seems to be her reputation. Because of the controversy surrounding her using her home email server while Secretary of State, she is seen by a large proportion of voters as being untrustworthy. And that is only one of a number of concerns.

Now, as I am British, I don’t feel qualified to comment about the qualities of those currently seeking their own party’s endorsement. However, my wife Lisa was born and raised in New York City, so here are her thoughts:

Republican:

Trump: “I like the fact that he is not a politician but he could and would quickly become one. His arrogance scares me and I think he is a danger to the USA and the world.”

Cruz: “A senator from Texas with a Hispanic name. There never has been a Hispanic president and I don’t believe he is the right guy to break that tradition. He hasn’t got what it takes.”

Kasich: “Who? Oh yes, the Governor of Ohio. His poor results in the primaries show he is not in the running for anything.”

Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders.

Democrat:

Clinton: “I could never, ever vote for Hillary. She may never have been convicted of a crime but I don’t trust her. Added to that, her well-documented flip-flops on various policies on which she claims to have always been ‘consistent’ show she is a liar. While I’d love to see the USA have its first female president, please let it not be her.”

Sanders: “Probably the safest of any of those still in the race for either party’s nomination. Certainly, the least of all evils.”