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Bernardi: ‘US can do well under Trump’

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Senator Cory Bernardi says he thinks America could prosper under a Donald Trump government.

Senator Cory Bernardi believes Donald Trump could be the next US president. Picture: Kym Smith

CONSERVATIVE Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi believes Donald Trump could be the next US president.

In a surprise announcement, Senator Bernardi told Sky News in New York that Americans might do “pretty well” out of a Trump presidency.

Senator Bernardi said Trump was tapping into a well of discontent that politicians around the world would be wise to listen to.

His policies were about protecting America and standing up for people who felt dispossessed by mainstream politics.

The Australian Government has previously shied away from showing favouritism towards either party throughout the US election campaign, however Senator Bernardi is not the first politician to get involved.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with a key Trump adviser last Friday to discuss challenges the she thought the new Clinton or Trump administration would face, according to The Australian.

Senator Cory Bernardi has strong conservative views. Picture: John Grainger

Senator Cory Bernardi has strong conservative views. Picture: John GraingerSource:News Corp Australia

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is “tapping into a well of discontent. Picture: AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is “tapping into a well of discontent. Picture: APSource:AP

Senator Bernardi sought to quell fears over some of Trump’s controversial policies by insisting constraints within the system could block them.

“People will do and say things to get elected,” he told Sky News.

“There are structures and constraints that generally temper any of the more volatile attitudes.” Senator Bernardi insists Australia’s alliance with the US can withstand any personality.

His comments come as a Washington DC-based think tank warns Trump could unleash a trade war, plunge the US economy into recession and disrupt alliances with nations including “long-time ally Australia”.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics report, which assesses the trade agendas of the presidential candidates, criticises both for opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between 12 nations including Australia. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the US has urged Congress to approve the deal before Barack Obama leaves the White House while Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has met representatives from both the Trump and Hillary Clinton camps, urging them to reconsider.

Senator Bernardi made headlines last month when he secured support to change Australia’s racial discrimination laws.

In a move that was viewed as a test of Mr Turnbull’s authority within the Coalition, Senator Bernardi introduced a private members bill to remove the terms “insult” and offend” from the Racial Discrimination Act.