Peru president: 'We will cut off US ties if Trump wins'

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is Peru's president-elect. Credit: Reuters

Peru's president-elect said on Tuesday that his government would sever ties with the US if Donald Trump wins the US presidential election.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a 77-year-old former investment banker, said amid laughter "we're going to grab a saw and cut them [relations] off".

Mr Kuczynski explained that the topic came up during a congratulatory phone call with US President Barack Obama.

Presumptive Republican nominee in the race to succeed Obama, Trump has sparked criticism across Latin America for his anti-immigrant rhetoric, especially in Mexico where President Enrique Pena Nieto has compared his campaign to the rise of Adolf Hitler.