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Senior UK officials are developing a dossier on former US President Donald Trump in preparation for his possible triumph in the 2024 election, which may trigger global upheaval, according to inews on Friday.
According to the publication, citing anonymous sources, the Foreign Office is pushing a campaign to assess the 45th US president’s stance on “key issues affecting the UK, such as the Ukraine crisis, the Middle East, and international trade.” Karen Pierce, Britain’s ambassador to Washington, is thought to be the principal player spearheading the initiative.
According to inews, UK Conservative Party officials are concerned that if Trump defeats incumbent Joe Biden, he will “chuck a massive grenade into global geopolitics.” According to an unidentified official, Trump’s reelection seems unlikely.
“Trump will come in, and he will choose a more aggressive line on, for example, Iran. We will be forced into more situations that we are instinctively uncomfortable about,” the source added, as quoted by inews.
The report also suggested that Britain had drawn conclusions from Trump’s win in 2016 and would not underestimate him again. “I suspect they will be saying, ‘We screwed it up last time…’ I think there will be fierce activity, contact-building, and trying to be in the room,” a source said.
Several recent surveys indicate that the former president, usually regarded as the Republican frontrunner for the nomination, is ahead of Biden. According to a November New York Times/Siena College poll, the incumbent is lagging Trump in five competitive states.
In terms of international policy, Trump stated that if elected, he would end the Ukraine conflict within hours, while criticising Biden’s handling of the problem. He is also recognised for his militant position on Iran, which is crucial in the current struggle between Hamas and Israel.
Under Trump, the United States and the United Kingdom attempted to maintain their “special relationship” stretching back to WWII, although his presidency was plagued by several major controversies involving the two countries.