In her first live appearance since Britain voted to leave the European Union, Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would persevere through economic uncertainty while underscoring the need for strong leadership going forward.
“We are resilient, and we will bounce back from this and all the other shocks that are in the system,” the presumptive Democratic nominee said Sunday at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis.
“It is a reminder that what happens around the world has consequences that can hit home quickly and affect our lives and livelihoods.”
Thursday evening, a majority of British voters voted to leave the EU, creating immediate uncertainty in global financial markets and sending the value of the British pound plummeting.
Clinton said the U.S.’ priority should be to protect Americans and businesses from the negative effects of “this kind of tumult and uncertainty.”
“That is why steady, experienced leadership is important at times like these,” she said.
“Working with our allies has been a cornerstone of American foreign policy under Democrats and Republicans alike because it makes America safer and more prosperous and it should continue to guide us now,” Clinton said.
Clinton also took a swipe at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump without mentioning his name, saying some put their business interests before the American people.
The Clinton campaign in recent days has railed on Trump for his response to Brexit, saying he “cheered and celebrated” the departure that negatively affected markets.
On Friday, Trump applauded British voters who “took their country back” by voting to leave the European Union. He also predicted that if the value of the pound plummeted, more people would visit Turnberry, his golf course in Scotland, which he visited over the weekend.
A new Clinton ad will air this week that knocks Trump over his response.
“Every president is tested by world events but Donald Trump thinks about how can profit from them,” a narrator says.
source: The Hill, The Ballot Box, by Jessie Hellmann, June 26, 2016