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Stephen Hawking “may not be welcome” in Trump’s America, but at least he can visit space

Renowned British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has spoken out against US President Donald Trump.

In an interview with Good Morning Britain yesterday, the 75-year-old Cambridge scientist said that he fears that US politics are making a “definite swing to a rightwing, more authoritarian approach”.

Hawking said that he would like to visit again to talk with other scientists but fears he “may not be welcome”. He also said that he was particularly worried about Trump’s environmental policy (or lack of). “He should replace Scott Pruitt at the Environment Protection Agency,” Hawking said. “Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent. It affects America badly, so tackling it should win votes for his second term. God forbid.”

Hawking has long argued that climate change poses one of the greatest threats to humanity, along with rogue AI and possibly hostile aliens.

He believes that Trump won the election as part of a “revolt against globalisation” and that Trump’s priority will be “to satisfy his electorate, who are neither liberal nor that well informed.”

Although Hawking may not be welcome in America, he did reveal that he will be able to visit space thanks to Richard Branson. Hawking confirmed that Branson has offered him a seat on Virgin Galactic and that he immediately accepted.

According to Virgin Galactic’s official website, the company is currently conducting tests on human spaceflight, satellite launches and aerospace design. Unless you are lucky enough to get a personal invite from Branson, the only way in is to cough up an upfront deposit of $USD250,000. I’ll take four, please.

The Good Morning Britain interview wasn’t the first time that Hawking has spoken out against Trump. Last May, Hawking told ITV that Trump was a “demagogue” and that he found his popularity “inexplicable”.

Trump has yet to retaliate, but it isn’t hard to imagine what he would say. Something like this probably:

“Phony Professor Hawking thinks he isn’t welcome and he’s right. He may know about “science”, but he doesn’t know about me! Sad!”

As we know from recent news, Branson and former US president Barack Obama are good buds, so it is likely that Obama could get an invite into space too.

If that happens, at least Hawking will have one president he can chat with as he cruises the solar system.

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