Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Tuesday he would "not have bet one euro" on real estate mogul Donald Trump winning the primary race to become Republican candidate for the US presidential elections.
"If they had asked me six or eight months ago [...] if I was willing to bet [...] one euro on Donald Trump being the Republican candidate at the elections [...] I would have said no," Renzi said during a visit to the central region of Abruzzo.
Renzi, who hails from the centre-left Democratic Party, said in February that Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton was his preferred choice in the US presidential contest.
Trump has often been compared to former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who built a business empire in real estate, insurance and media before entering politics at the head of a conservative alliance.
"I do like Berlusconi, he's a nice man," Trump told Italy's Radio 24 in September. Berlusconi rejected parallels with the Republican politician in March, saying Trump was "more like a crossbreed" of Italy's populist leaders Matteo Salvini and Beppe Grillo.