Matthew Elliott, Vote Leave chief executive, said: “Barack Obama won’t be president when we vote to leave so we should take his comments with a large pinch of salt. Of course the US would want to do a deal with its friends in the UK.”
Before the news conference Ukip leader Nigel Farage said Mr Obama had no understanding of the EU and was talking “utter baloney”.
Citing George Bush getting Britain into the Iraq war, and America’s call, resisted by Harold Wilson, to join forces in Vietnam, Mr Farage added: “I would rather he (Obama) butted out.
After all, the history of American foreign policy advice is not good, is it? We can take advice from the Americans on lots of things, but in terms of foreign policy they are rarely right.”