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Obama accused of blackmailing UK voters over EU exit referendum

king-obama-iiiOnce again, Barack Obama has inserted himself into another country’s electoral process.  This time, he’s accused of blackmailing British voters over a referendum to leave the European Union.

The UK Sun reported:

BARACK Obama was last night accused of voter blackmail by threatening to put Britain “at the back of the queue” for a trade deal if we Brexit.

The US president issued the extraordinary warning standing alongside David Cameron after talks in Downing Street.

Leave campaigners claim the UK will be able to swiftly crack fresh deals with major partners such as America outside of the EU.

But in a bid to demolish the crux referendum argument, Mr Obama said he “figured you might want to hear from the president of the United States what I think the United States is going to do”.

He added: “Maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement.

“But it’s not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done.

“The UK is going to be in the back of the queue.”

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According to the Sun, Brexit campaigners were “stunned” by Obama’s threat, and accused Cameron of putting him up to it.

Here’s the reason why, according to the Sun:

Leaping on Mr Obama’s use of the British word “queue” instead of the American phrase for it, “line”, anti-EU Tory MP Stewart Jackson claimed it had been “written by Downing Street”.

Hmmm…

Obama said he spoke “as a good friend” of the UK…  Perhaps like he’s a “good friend” of Israel?

Here’s video of Obama’s comments:

Here’s a couple of snap polls posted by the Sun:

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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