Boris urged to dump Trump as polls show Biden heading for landslide victory in US election

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Fears are growing that Britain could be isolated by Washington if the Democratic candidate defeats Mr Trump at the ballot box next month and the latest polls suggest the former vice-president is heading for a landslide. Downing Street sources said private polling and computer models shown to No 10 put Mr Biden’s chances of victory at more than 70 percent.

They’re writing off Trump in Number 10 now

Tory source

The 77-year-old now has a double-digit lead and over Mr Trump and one model based on the latest polling gives him an 85 percent chance of winning.

And analysts suggest the Democrats could wake up on November 4 with control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Mr Johnson spoke to Mr Trump last week and wished him well for the election.

But one senior Tory said: “They’re writing off Trump in Number 10 now.”

The cost of a Democrat victory could be high for the UK with Mr Biden already declaring he would not sign off a trade deal with the UK if Northern Ireland became “a casualty of Brexit”.

And diplomats have warned Mr Biden has not forgotten Mr Johnson’s comments about Barack Obama during the 2016 Brexit referendum when he criticised “the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike of the British Empire”.

One insider said: “They remember that. Democrats also regard Trump as appalling and disgusting and there will be a penalty for people who sucked up to Trump.

“Angela Merkel didn’t. Macron did and then got tough. The Democrats don’t much like Brexit.”

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British diplomats serving in Washington have also warned Mr Biden would probably put a trans-Pacific trade deal, or even a deal with the European Union, ahead of a bilateral deal with the UK.

Lord Darroch, the former British ambassador in Washington, said in his recent memoir that Mr Johnson was “fascinated” by Mr Trump and saw him as “a kindred spirit”.

But many of the Prime Minister’s senior aides believe comparisons between the two are damaging with Dominic Cummings apparently ordering ministers to publicly keep their distance from the Trump administration.

The US President is preparing to get back on the campaign trail after declaring he had fully recovered from COVID-19 and was not an infection risk for others although his claims that he was immune from the illness were flagged by from Twitter for violating its rules about misleading information on coronavirus.

Mr Trump plans to travel to the key battleground state of Florida tomorrow, followed by rallies in Pennsylvania and Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The President, who spent three days in the hospital after revealing he had tested positive on October 2, said he was no longer on medications for coronavirus and was now immune from re-infection.

He said: “It looks like I’m immune for, I don’t know, maybe a long time, or maybe a short time. It could be a lifetime. Nobody really knows.”

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Mr Trump’s illness has put a focus on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected nearly 7.7 million people in the US and killed more than 214,000.

His administration has faced criticism for its lax approach to mask-wearing and social distancing in the White House.

At least 11 close Trump aides have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mr Biden took a break from campaigning today and went to church in his home state of Delaware although he found time to address a virtual fundraiser where he told donors the country was being “ripped apart” by Mr Trump’s divisive policies.

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