Peter Jay, ex-UK ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 1999, said Mr Trump has “probably” not had history lessons.
Speaking on the World at One show on BBC Radio 4, Mr Jay reeled off a list of situations that were worse than the superpowers’ current strained ties over Syria.
Asked about the Republican billionaire’s assessment that US relations with Russia might be at an “all time low”, Mr Jay said: “I think the president is suffering from short memory syndrome.
“To compare this situation with, for example, the Berlin Airlift, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Hungarian crisis in 1956, the Czech Spring in 1968, can only be described as hyperbole and it’s hyperbole that not only is therefore inaccurate it’s also dangerous.
Peter Jay said Donald Trump "probably" was "not a student of history"
The President is probably not a student of history
“To conjure up those kind of references, those kind of memories, is to inflame the situation and make it more dangerous.
“The president is probably not a student of history and maybe his mind doesn’t go back to events which are now half a century and more ago. “
But Mr Jay agreed any potential conflict between superpower nations had to be regarded as “extremely dangerous”.
He added: “The fact that it doesn’t compare with the Berlin Airlift etc does not mean that it’s not a serious situation.”
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He said: "Right now we are not getting along with Russia at all – we may be at an all time low.
"Russia is a strong country. The US is a very strong country.
"We are going to see how that all works out."