Stephen Hawking on Potential Second Trump Term: 'God Forbid'

Stephen Hawking says he no longer feels welcome in the United States, now that President Trump is in power.

But Hawking's response suggested the controversial TV host was overlooking a more important factor in the fight for women's empowerment.

Hawking, 75, said he had not expected to have the opportunity to experience space but that the Virgin boss had offered him a seat.

Professor Stephen Hawking has said he doesn't feel welcome in the U.S. now it's under the power of President Donald Trump.

Hawking said Trump had been elected by those "who felt disenfranchised by the governing elite in a revolt against globalisation".

"His priority will be to satisfy his electorate who are neither liberal, nor that well-informed", Hawking added.

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.

The famed scientist continued: "It affects America badly, so tackling it should win votes for [Trump's] second term, God forbid".

This isn't the first time that Hawking has gone in on Trump: In May 2016, during the USA presidential election, Hawking called then-candidate Trump "a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator", CNN reported at the time. "My three children have brought me great joy".

But, Hawking said, the ascent of women to top positions in society in recent years gives cause for hope. "I welcome these signs of women's liberation".

However he argued that the private sector was yet to catch up.

Morgan asked Hawking if he agreed with the assessment of many that he is the "most intelligent human being in the world".

"I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic and I said yes immediately".

The celebrated physicist told Good Morning Britain he never dreamed he would be able to go into space. "People who boast about their IQs are losers", Hawking replied - getting a laugh out of Morgan.

  • Carolyn Briggs