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Beazley says Trump may win US vote

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016

Serious students of international politics have only contempt for US presidential contender Donald Trump's views on foreign relations, Kim Beazley says.

But Mr Beazley, the former Australian ambassador to Washington, said most US voters weren't students of foreign relations.

The former Labor leader said at this stage of the campaign the momentum is with Trump and if that continues, he will win.

"No serious student of international politics has anything but contempt for the positions he adopts. But that misses the point as far as the election is concerned," Mr Beazley said in an article on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute blog.

In his latest thoughts on foreign relations, Trump said the US should have seized Iraqi oilfields to keep them out of the hands of Islamic State. Most of Iraq's oil is in the country's south and nowhere near IS.

Mr Beazley said Trump hadn't modified opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, even though that would hurt the US economy.

"Nor on the positions he has outlined on allies and trade in the Asia-Pacific. No comfort in this for American friends," he said.

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