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Next President of the United Fates of America
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/23/world/....html?_r=0
Obama Warns Britain on Trade if It Leaves European Union

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and STEVEN ERLANGER
APRIL 22, 2016

Quote:LONDON — President Obama on Friday bluntly urged Britain to vote to remain inside the European Union in a referendum scheduled for June 23, and warned that a Britain outside the bloc could not count on maintaining its current economic relationship with the United States.
Taking an unusually direct position on another country’s internal politics, Mr. Obama asserted that Britain’s membership in the bloc did not limit British influence but “magnifies it.”
Speaking alongside Prime Minister David Cameron at a news conference, he also directly addressed the potential consequences of a vote by Britain to leave. The president said that to do so would send Britain to the “back of the queue” for a trade deal with the United States, challenging those who have argued that Britain could quickly replicate the same favorable terms it enjoys as a European Union member.


Quote:Mr. Obama defended the right of a close friend to give an opinion on a matter of mutual interest. “Part of being friends is being honest, and, speaking honestly, the outcome of that referendum is a matter of deep interest to the United States, because it affects our interests as well,” he said.
Mr. Obama sidestepped a question on whether the “special relationship” between Washington and London would be damaged if Britain voted to leave the European Union.
 
Nor did Mr. Obama comment on a suggestion by Mayor Boris Johnson of London, a leader of the campaign to leave the bloc, that the president was unfriendly to Britain because of his ancestry. Mr. Johnson, a Conservative, suggested on Friday that Mr. Obama removed a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office because it “was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike of the British Empire, of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.”
Mr. Obama said he saw another bust of Churchill every day in the White House residence.
“I love the guy,” he said. But as the first African-American president, he said, he “thought it appropriate” to have a bust of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oval Office.
Mr. Cameron, for his part, smiled thinly and said that “questions for Boris are questions for Boris and not questions for me.”


Quote:One of the most polarizing responses came from Mr. Johnson, who was born in Manhattan and retains his American passport as a dual citizen. Mr. Johnson, who is also a member of Parliament and has ambitions to replace Mr. Cameron as prime minister, has argued that the United States is a traditional nation-state that would never transfer some of its sovereignty to any European Union-like organization.
“For the United States to tell us in the U.K. that we must surrender control of so much of our democracy — it is a breathtaking example of the principle of do-as-I-say-but-not-as-I-do,” Mr. Johnson wrote in The Sun, a newspaper that is influential among working-class voters.
“It is incoherent. It is inconsistent, and yes it is downright hypocritical,” Mr. Johnson said.
On Twitter, Nicholas Soames, a Conservative member of Parliament and a grandson of Churchill, condemned Mr. Johnson’s essay, calling it “an appalling article” that is “totally wrong on almost everything.” It was “inconceivable,” Mr. Soames said, that his grandfather would “not have welcomed” the president’s views on Britain’s role in Europe.
A former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Menzies Campbell, said that “many people will find Boris Johnson’s loaded attack on President Obama’s sincerity deeply offensive,” and Diane Abbott, a Labour Party lawmaker, said that “Boris dismissing President Obama as ‘half-Kenyan’ reflects the worst Tea Party rhetoric.”
American officials suggested that there was an internal debate about the wisdom of the straightforward opinion editorial Mr. Obama wrote in The Telegraph, but decided that it was better to be upfront about the president’s views as he arrived in Britain and not pretend to be coy.
Mr. Cameron clearly favored a strong message from the American president, whose position is shared by the leaders of Britain’s main European allies, France and Germany.
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