NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Donald Trump is predicting he’ll have a new nickname.
Trump tweeted Thursday “They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!”
He offered no further explanation and the post was widely discussed –and sometimes mocked –on social media.
But Trump appeared to be referring to comments he made Wednesday in an interview on Fox News. In that exchange, he was discussing the political “movement” fueling his campaign and the reporter noted that “the world is changing” and mentioned Brexit, the June vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.
Trump then said “I think I will be called Mr. Brexit.”
He supported the Brexit movement and suggested it was “the people taking the country back.” His self-appointed nickname likely was drawing parallels between his campaign and that outcome.
“I think there are great similarities between what happened here and my campaign,” Trump said following the decision. “People want to see borders. They don’t necessarily want people pouring into their country that they don’t know who they are and where they come from.”
Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum in late June. The decision shook up the global financial market, and caused former British Prime Minister David Cameron to step down.
The “Brexit” referendum came down to the wire. In the end, U.K. voters split 52 to 48 to leave the 28-nation bloc.
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