“The United States respects the decision of the British people,” U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said. “The special friendship between our two nations has endured the test of time, and will remain as strong as ever. While volatility in the global markets will likely continue for some time, the American economy is resilient and well positioned to recover from any short-term impacts. The Federal Reserve has been preparing for this outcome by providing additional liquidity and keeping interest rates low.
“While there is more Congress can and should do to invest in the economy and help working Americans who are hurting from the economic disruption of the last decade, we shouldn’t lose sight of this fact: There is nothing in the world that can take away the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that has always been the life-force of the American economy. With smart, targeted policies to respond to current instability, the U.S. can withstand this temporary turbulence as we continue to out-compete and out-innovate every other nation on earth,” Warner said.
Next up: presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made,” Clinton said. “Our first task has to be to make sure that the economic uncertainty created by these events does not hurt working families here in America. We also have to make clear America’s steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain and the transatlantic alliance with Europe. This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House to protect Americans’ pocketbooks and livelihoods, to support our friends and allies, to stand up to our adversaries, and to defend our interests. It also underscores the need for us to pull together to solve our challenges as a country, not tear each other down.”
And then: President Obama. (Cue respect for the decision.)
“The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision,” Obama said. “The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy. So too is our relationship with the European Union, which has done so much to promote stability, stimulate economic growth, and foster the spread of democratic values and ideals across the continent and beyond. The United Kingdom and the European Union will remain indispensable partners of the United States even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship to ensure continued stability, security, and prosperity for Europe, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the world.