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Donald Trump ‘Rather Unlikely’ to Become Next US President – Ex-UK Envoy

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US Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is not likely to win the 2016 presidential race despite his strong showing in the polls, a former UK ambassador to Russia told Sputnik on Monday.

LONDON (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova – Sunday’s poll conducted by CNN/WMUR showed that the real-estate tycoon led with 33 percent in New Hampshire ahead of the first-in-the-nation primaries on February 9. He has a 17-percent advantage over his closest Republican rival, US Senator Marco Rubio.

“Mr. Trump is certainly doing very well but it is rather unlikely that he will win the elections,” Sir Tony Brenton said.

The former UK diplomat added that London, a long-time US ally, would continue “doing business” with Washington under Trump’s presidency.”If he is a choice of the American people, then we would have to respect that and do business with him but we are a long way away from that,” Brenton stressed.

Trump has sparked controversy in the country with his comments on Muslims, women, and migration, including calls to build a wall with Mexico and temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.

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