THE ECONOMIST’S Intelligence Unit has ranked a potential Donald Trump presidency as one of the top ten threats facing the world today, warning that he would likely inflame political tensions and ruin the global economy in his rambunctious wake.
In a St. Patrick’s Day report that will be seized on by the loudmouthed frontrunner’s Democratic rivals, the firm issued its global forecasting service where it lists ten potential pitfalls the year might bring.
A Trump presidency is considered a middling threat on the list, ranked as more calamitous than a Brexit but not quite as earth shaking as a Grexit.
“In the event of a Trump victory, his hostile attitude to free trade, and alienation of Mexico and China in particular, could escalate rapidly into a trade war - and at the least scupper the Trans-Pacific Partnership between the US and 11 other American and Asian states signed in February 2016. 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 states.
The orang-utan himself will likely welcome the news as boosting his anti-establishment credentials, as the billionaire real estate tycoon, who inherited his money, portrays himself as a man of the people.
Trump’s slick campaign will likely deflect the news as being representative of a paid-off establishment pulling out all the stops to subvert his insurgent threat to the powers that be.
The global risk list makes for interesting reading, although it is primarily focused on economic hazards rather than more devastating situations including climate change, nuclear war and Prince Charles ascending to the throne.