Trump presidency rated among top ten world risks

As president of the US, Tump would be “potent recruitment tool for jihadi terrorism”, claims Economist Intelligence Unit

Trump wafting out of a plane

Trump wafting out of a plane. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

The prospect of Donald Trump becoming the president of America is among the world’s top ten risks according to a new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Trump in the Whitehouse is rated as a greater threat to the planet than a Brexit, or a bourgeoning war in the South China seas.

The study says a Trump presidency will be likely to disrupt the global economy and heighten security and political risks in the United States.

Fortunately, for now, the EIU does not see Trump as the eventual winner of the presidential election, and forecasts a win for Hillary Clinton.

Global Risk report April 2016

The EIU’s Global Risk report April 2016

It is global risk assessment report, the EIU said: Thus far Mr Trump has given very few details of his policies - and these tend to be prone to constant revision - but a few themes have become apparent. First, he has been exceptionally hostile towards free trade, including notably NAFTA, and has repeatedly labelled China as a “currency manipulator”. He has also taken an exceptionally right-wing stance on the Middle East and jihadi terrorism, including, among other things, advocating the killing of families of terrorists and launching a land incursion into Syria to wipe out IS (and acquire its oil).” 

The EIU adds that a Trump presidency would actively increase the global terror threat.

“His militaristic tendencies towards the Middle East (and ban on all Muslim travel to the US) would be a potent recruitment tool for jihadi groups, increasing their threat both within the region and beyond,” the report says.

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