Any American who ever spent any time out of country, especially in Europe, toward the end of George W. Bush’s tenure in the White House surely experienced a fair amount of animus towards the United States due to the occupant in the White House. An American tourist also learned that foreign people were able to have affection for Americans but still detest its government with a warmonger and economic disaster running the government. Today, no matter how badly Bush tarnished America’s image and reputation around the world after eight years of unprovoked wars and financial devastation, the world once again seriously despises America – with Trump in the White House.
According to a new poll conducted by Pew Research Center: “In the eyes of most people surveyed around the world, the White House’s new occupant is arrogant, intolerant, and dangerous.”
Trump’s approval ratings in his own country are regarded as “historically low” and after surveying citizens in 37 countries, Pew reports that in six short months “Trump has done more to harm public opinion of the United States globally than George W. Bush’s entire eight-year tenure.” Keep in mind that Bush started two unnecessary wars still ongoing today and supervised a globally-devastating financial meltdown that nearly wiped out the world’s economy.
According to the Pew Poll, a fair amount “of the world’s ire” is directed at some of Trump’s nasty policy proposals such as building a wall on the Southern border and exiting from a crucial climate agreement, but those issues don’t explain the 62 percent of respondents who say that “Trump is dangerous” and have absolutely “no confidence” that he will ever “do the right thing in international affairs.” In fact, across six continents only 22 percent believe Trump is not dangerous and will “do the right thing in international affairs” in stark contrast to President Barack Obama’s 64 percent approval rating globally during his term. It is why no matter how much the former President burnished America’s image as a trustworthy world leader, it was wiped out in less than six months by a corrupt bully and “dangerous” bigot. In a summary of the report’s findings Pew noted:
“Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. Trump’s character is also a factor in how he is viewed abroad. In the eyes of most of the people surveyed around the world, the White House’s new occupant is arrogant, intolerant, and even dangerous.”
It is noteworthy that the sharp decline in global trust in America is “especially pronounced among some of America’s closest allies in Europe and Asia, as well as neighboring Mexico and Canada.”
For a quick comparison between Trump and President Barack Obama’s regard globally, 93 percent of the people in Sweden had faith in President Obama to do the right thing for America and the world during his eight-year tenure; only 10 percent have the same opinion of Trump. That 83 percentage point drop is similar to declines in Germany and the Netherlands (75 percent), South Korea (71 points), France (70 points), Spain (68 points) and Great Britain (57 points). Remember, those numbers are the percentage points of decline and are as unprecedented as they are incredibly rapid. It took George W. Bush eight long years, two bloody wars, and a global financial meltdown to reach numbers close to Trump’s six month accomplishment.
The poll wasn’t all bad news for Trump. The Russians are not as opposed to a corrupt maniac in the White House as the rest of the world or decent Americans, but that is to be expected. They did aid his election victory and are confident their remuneration will be a “fabulous” deal with Exxon’s former CEO and current Secretary of State for their oil needs. And someone in the Trump administration intimated that the sanctions President Obama and Congress levied on them for annexing Crimea and interfering with Ukraine, committing an act of war (cyber warfare) against America and interfering with the democratic process would vanish with Trump in the White House.
Trump also was not regarded as “dangerous” by Israel. They can envision their long-lusted-after American war against Iran on the near horizon. As an aside, Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been repeating the Bush administration’s call for “regime change” in Iran while neocons and Israelis drool for another American Middle East war. Remember, Bush took the advice and urging of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand for “regime change” in Iraq that Bush used prior to invading a nation for no good reason. Of course Israel loves Trump at about the same level as Russia does; both countries know he is easily manipulated and as corrupt as Putin and Netanyahu.
No doubt Trump will blow off the results of a poll that reveals he is as hated on six continents as he is in the country he is both destroying and humiliating at the same time. It is worth reiterating that the rest of the world still have positive feelings for the American people, although one wonders what they think of the white racist morons who put an “arrogant, intolerant, and dangerous” television celebrity in the White House.
The real danger to America is that with such incredibly widespread global animosity towards Trump, especially from our closest allies and trading partners, this nation may find itself without any ‘friends’ when it really matters – but Trump doesn’t care because like the rest of the civilized world knows, he is, indeed, very dangerous.