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Ministers warned of ‘massive’ security risks of Donald Trump presidency

Ministers warned of ‘massive’ security risks of Donald Trump presidency

Ministers have been warned that Britain faces “massive” security risks if Donald Trump is re-elected president this year. Three of Britain’s former top US diplomats have urged the government to develop contingency plans in case Mr Trump’s bid to return to the White House is successful. Two ex-Washington ambassadors and a former diplomatic chief said preparations to help the UK cope if Mr Trump were to end US support for Ukraine and withdraw from Nato must be drawn up in secret to avoid giving him a campaign boost. Despite the legal cloud surrounding Mr Trump’s presidential run, Simon McDonald, head of the Foreign Office until 2020, along with Sir John Kerr and Sir Peter Westmacott, who both ran the UK embassy in Washington, believe a second Trump presidency remains likely. A recent poll showed Trump winning over Biden in 2024 (Reuters) “We should be thinking through the implications of a second Trump presidency, which are massive,” Lord McDonald told The i. The threats feared include Ukraine being left exposed if Mr Trump seeks to appease …