U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hails the UK vote to leave the European Union during a visit to Scotland.
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thrust himself into the heart of Britain's internal struggle on Friday, saying Britons had retaken control of their country by voting to leave the European Union. In Scotland to reopen a golf resort, the wealthy New York businessman stopped to take questions from reporters after arriving in his signature helicopter at Turnberry near his clubhouse resort, a Scottish flag blowing in the wind. Asked about Thursday's down-to-the-wire British vote, Trump said: "It's a great thing." In a written statement Trump, 70, said Americans would have a chance "to re-declare their independence" and "reject today's rule by the global elite" when they vote on Nov. 8 for a U.S. president to succeed President Barack Obama, a Democrat who had urged Britons to stay in the EU. Trump was visiting the golf resort in his family's ancestral homeland to showcase his far-flung business empire. His mother was born on Scotland's Isle of Lewis.