Putting Republican Donald Trump in the White House could fuel political infighting at home and instability abroad, according to new predictions from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
EIU rated a possible Trump presidency among its top-10 global risks in forecasts released Wednesday, citing a possible international trade war and the candidate’s rhetoric serving as a “potent recruitment tool” for jihadist groups among its concerns.
The analytical firm also highlighted Trump’s “hostile attitude to free trade” and his “militaristic tendencies.” In another entry, The Economist called Trump “a polarising candidate who is deeply disliked by much of the electorate.”
But The Economist concluded the chances of Trump winning the election are not very good.
“Although we do not expect Mr. Trump to defeat his most likely Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton, there are risks to this forecast, especially in the event of a terrorist attack on US soil or a sudden economic downturn,” the EIU wrote.