* In the United Kingdom, 83% had a favorable view of the United States in 2000. Now only 41% feel the same way, the lowest number Pew’s data ever had.
* In Germany, only 26% now view the United States favorably – a drop of 78% who said the same in 2000.
* In Canada, approval for their southern neighbors has dropped from 72% in 2000 to 35% now.
What explains the collapse? Well, Trump mostly. The average rating of 13 countries for trusting Trump to do the right thing in world affairs is only 16%. This includes the highest 25% in Japan and 9% in Belgium.
Trump’s grim ratings are closely linked to perceptions of how he led the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. In all 1
What is fascinating about these figures is that both Trump’s allies and ill-wishers will use them to prove their claims.
Trump and his supporters will cite Pew’s data as proof that other countries simply don’t like it when the United States stops allowing itself to be taken advantage of and stands up for itself.
For Trump’s opponents, these figures prove how much damage he has done.
Here’s what’s up abundantly clear: Trump represents a major break with the policies and strategic approach that every post-World War II president – regardless of party – has chosen to follow. And his muscular isolationism has consequences.
The point: We have never been to this place in the modern presidency and the world after the Second World War. This is another line that Trump has not just crossed, but erased.