A special adviser to the UN has launched into an extraordinary outburst against Donald Trump, calling him a ‘malignant narcissist, a sociopath and a racist’.
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, an economist at Colombia University and special adviser to several UN secretary generals, made the comments on Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning.
Speaking about The President, he told presenter Sarah Montague: ‘I believe on an individual level he is profoundly psychologically ill.
‘He is a malignant narcissist and he is a sociopath and he’s a racist so so we’ve seen all of that unfold. It’s hard to say it but this is the grim reality that we face right now.’
An incredulous Montague replied: ‘Don’t hold back.’
Professor Sachs also addressed the issue of Brexit, warning of possible negative economic consequences for the UK.
‘One of the biggest things of course that’s facing the UK at the moment is Brexit, and the IMF revealed very, very stark warnings about how it was going to be economic armageddon.
‘They’ve had to temper that a great deal because we haven’t seen it, but they do suggest we’re still left with suggesting that there would be long round negative effects on the economy and I think we’re starting to see those, to use the words of the chief economist.
‘I think it’s clear that the companies are moving parts of their operations out of London and it’s going to hurt.
‘It’s just a sad reality right now that is a kind of trap for everybody because it isn’t really going to serve to correct any of the underlying ills.’
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He went on to say that both the UK and America are erroneously blaming many of their issues on external forces such as immigration.
‘It’s like in the United States Trump blamed America’s ills on China and Muslims and Mexicans, but the truth is that our ills are the profound inequalities of income within the United States, the fact that we have the super rich and the poor who are hurt and hit upon by the very powerful who own the political system, and this is not to be blamed on others but it’s an internal political disaster,’ he said.
‘There are people in the UK who feel they’d have a greater chance to get on if there wasn’t the large numbers of people coming into the country.
‘Well I think it is true that migration is a real issue everywhere because rich countries are a magnet for migrants and there have to be limits and that’s indisputable.
‘But the idea that somehow the UK out of Europe is a solution for the UK – I’m sorry I think it’s going to turn out not to be the case.’