Donald Trump is “an embarrassment for the world”, Sir Richard Branson has said.
The billionaire businessman said the president’s first two months in office had been “disastrous” and he predicted the US leader will only last a maximum of one term in office.
“I’ve found it rather an embarrassment for the world to have an individual running America who does not speak the truth all the time, who tries to, instead of opening borders to immigrants, has made it really difficult to get in to America, and the list goes on and on and on,” Branson told New Zealand radio station, NewsHub, during a visit to the country.
“There are a lot of great business leaders like [Michael] Bloomberg who would have been great presidents of America. I think Trump is the one businessperson I know who is certainly not the right person to be running a great country like America.
“The first days in office have been so disastrous that I think the chances of it lasting more than one term are extremely unlikely and I think that’s the only saving grace about the way he’s behaving at the moment.”
Before his election win, Branson had warned of the potential dangers of Mr Trump’s presidency.
He called the former Apprentice star “vindictive” after describing an encounter with him.