By Jordan Fabian – 06/24/16 09:36 AM EDT
President Obama on Friday sought to reaffirm the United Statesâs âspecial relationshipâ with the United Kingdom after its stunning vote to leave the European Union.
Obama also lauded the EU for its efforts to âpromote stability, stimulate economic growth, and foster the spread of democratic values and ideals across the continent and beyond.âÂ
The president stressedthat both the U.K. and the EU âwill remain indispensable partners,â even as they begin to negotiate their formal separation in the coming months.Â
The president also plans to speak on Friday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he would resign in the wake of the vote.
The referendum is a major blow to both leaders, who urged British citizens to vote to remain in the 28-nation political and economic partnership.
During a visit to London in April, Obama took the unusual step of lobbying U.K. voters on the so-called Brexit vote.
He warned that Britain would be put at âback of the queueâ for new trade deal with the U.S. if the country voted to leave the EU.
âIt could be five years from now, 10 years from now before we were able to actually get something done,â Obama told the BBC. âThe U.K. would not be able to negotiate something with the United States faster than the EU.â
Obamaâs actions have drawn criticism from Republicans, who accused him of meddling in another countryâs affairs.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump aide: Lewandowski was fired over attacks on judge Clinton: Brexit shows need for ‘experienced leadership’ Trumpâs son calls federal-land drilling rules âreasonableâ MORE, who sided with those wanting to leave, mocked the president for jumping into the debate. Â
“The world doesn’t listen to him,” Trump said during a trip to Scotland to promote a reopening of one of his golf courses.
He said the president’s push for the âremainâ vote “perhaps caused it to fail.”Â
Updated at 10 a.m.