On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage argued that “Vladimir Putin behaved in a more statesmanlike manner than President Obama did” during the Brexit campaign and refuted comparisons between the situations in the US and the UK.
Farage said, [relevant remarks begin around 8:30] “Vladimir Putin behaved in a more statesmanlike manner than President Obama did in this referendum campaign. Obama came to Britain, and I think, behaved disgracefully, telling us we’d be at the back of the queue…treating us, America’s strongest, oldest ally, in this most extraordinary way. Vladimir Putin maintained his silence throughout the whole campaign. I’m not a fan of Vladimir Putin. But you know, the Ukrainian crisis actually was sparked by the European Union saying they wanted to extend their borders to take in the Ukraine, which Putin took as being a direct threat. Now, my view on Putin and the Russians is, don’t poke the Russian bear with a stick. If you do, you’re bound to get a response.”
He later added that he doesn’t see any similarities between the situations in the US and the UK, and the US’ position is “nothing like ours. We finished up, until last Thursday, with 70% of our laws being made by foreign institutions, with our own supreme court being overruled in Luxembourg, and with an open border 500 million people. Whatever problems you’ve got in the USA, they are as nothing to what we’ve had as part of this Europe.”
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