Donald Trump would be a far better president for Britain and the wider world than Hillary Clinton, Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam has said.
Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show, Kassam said that Trump would be far more likely than Clinton to prioritise a trade deal with the UK once it leaves the European Union.
“In a time when Britain will need to do its own trade deals bilaterally, especially with one of our strongest allies, Donald Trump has said ‘you are not going to the back of the queue’,” he said.
“Hillary is very much the continuity candidate and that means continuing the policies of Barack Obama, not just domestically but internationally, and that means Britain would stand at the back of the line when we Brexit.”
Kassam also referred to for UK army chief Lord Richards’s comments earlier this week that a Trump presidency may actually make the world safer as he would be more likely to form a global coalition against Islamic State.
“Hillary Clinton comes from this neo-conservative political establishment where they are convinced that endless wars are the way forward for the West,” Kassam said. “Donald Trump does not think so.”
He added: “We’re moving to a position where, whether you like him or not, Assad doesn’t seem to be going away. At some point we’re going to have to decide whether we hate him more, or whether we hate the Islamic State more.”
When asked whether Trump would really be able to build a wall with Mexico, Kassam said: “I think he would deliver it. I’m not sure it would be on schedule or on budget, like most government projects aren’t, but I think he would strive to deliver it.”
He also dismissed the idea that Trump would want the United States to withdraw from Nato, however it would put more pressure on other member nations to meet the organisation’s minimum requirement for defence spending.
On the subject of banning Muslims from entering the United States, Kassam said he did not think that would really happen.
“I think that was an early-on campaign throw-away line,” he said.
“Here’s what you do in business and in politics: you throw a broad idea out there and you hear people out on what the come-back is.
“It’s no use us playing this ideological divided partisan politics any more when the country wants common-sense solutions, and the way to get those common-sense solutions is to say to people ‘here’s where I stand on it, tell me where you stand on it and we’ll end up somewhere in the middle’.”
Finally, the interview touched on Hillary Clinton’s apparent lead in preliminary voting.
Kassam said the democrats are very good at early voting, much like the UK Labour Party is good at exploiting postal voting to their advantage, but turnout on the day is much more important.
“When you look at this as an outsider you see two very clear things: on the one side is the Hillary Clinton side who are by data and by anecdotal evidence not very enthusiastic about their candidate, and on the other side great enthusiasm for some who, as he says, drain the swamp of Washington DC.”