Hawking fears he may not be welcome in USA under Trump

Pablo Tucker
March 20, 2017

Earlier this month, Hawking said that the aggressive instincts of humans, coupled with the fast pace of growth in technology may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war, adding that only a "world government" may prevent this impending doom.

Stephen Hawking said there was not "much chance" of Labour winning an election under current leader Jeremy Corbyn, but added he will continue to support the party.

Hawking admitted that there was a definite swing towards right-wing thinking by many sections of the United State's populous, whom he regards as feeling "disenfranchised by the governing elite".

In an interview this morning with Good Morning Britain, Stephen Hawking shared his thoughts on the Trump administration's attitudes toward climate change.

Hawking was particularly concerned about Trump's environment policy, in light of his decision to shut down the Environment Protection Agency by 2018, as well as the appointment of Scott Pruit - a man who believes that carbon dioxide does not contribute to climate change. It affects America badly, so tackling it should win votes for his second term. "It's no good having the right principles if you never get in power".

While saying that he still admires America, Hawking claimed Trump is a "demagogue" who might not make him feel "welcome" once he sets foot in the U.S. again.

"I have many friends and colleagues [in the US] and it is still a place I like and admire in many ways", he said, "but I fear that I may not be welcome".

Hawking replied, "I have no idea". "If we factor in high-powered women in Europe as well, such as Angela Merkel, it seems we are witnessing a seismic shift for women to accede to high-level positions in politics and society". "But there may still be a gap between those women achieving high public status and those in the private sector". He told the Prime Minister in November: "I deal with tough, mathematical, complex questions every day, but please don't ask me to help with Brexit".

"By remaining in the European Union, we would have given ourselves more influence in the world".

The professor said that his ultimate ambition now is to "float into space" and that Sir Richard Branson has offered him a seat on Virgin Galactic. "People who boast about their IQs are losers", Hawking replied - getting a laugh out of Morgan.

"The Dali Lama, when I interviewed him recently, told me the meaning of life is happiness".

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