Donald Trump planned to fly to Ayrshire if he lost the election in 2016, according to a former aide.

Anthony Scaramucci, who was a White House communications director, claimed the Turnberry Hotel owner had his private jet ready to go if things did not go his way.

With the US election outcome still up in the air, it is possible that Mr Trump could have similar Ayrshire escape plans in place this time round.

Speaking with The New Yorker, Mr Scaramucci said the president told him directly that his jet was waiting at JFK Airport in New York prepared for take-off.

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The plane would whisk him away to Ayrshire so he could play on his golf course at the luxury Trump Turnberry resort.

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Mr Scaramucci told the magazine: "It was, like, OK, he did it for the publicity. And it was over. He was fine. It was a waste of time and money, but move on."

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The US President has outperformed pollsters' predictions but the 2020 race for the White House remains tight in key battleground states.

With still millions of ballots left to count, Mr Trump declared he had won.

He told a press conference: "Frankly we did win this election."

He also suggested, without any evidence, that there had been fraud and declared he would go to the US Supreme Court.

But Mr Scaramucci, fired in 2017, said that if the previous election is any indication, then Trump would not cause as much of a fuss if he lost as some people fear.

He told the New Yorker magazine: "He’ll go down easier than most people think. Nothing crushes this guy."