* In the UK, 83% had a favorable view of the US in 2000. Now only 41% feel the same way, the lowest number ever recorded in the Pew data.
* In Germany, only 26% now view the United States favorably – up from 78% who said the same thing in 2000.
* In Canada, approval for their southern neighbors has jumped from 72% in 2000 to 35% today.
What explains the collapse? Well, especially Trump. The 13 countries’ average rating of trust in Trump to do the right thing in world affairs is only 16%. This includes a maximum of 25% in Japan and a minimum of 9% in Belgium.
Trump’s dismal assessments are closely tied to perceptions of how he led the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. Across all 1
The fascinating thing about these numbers is that both Trump’s allies and detractors will grab them to prove their points.
Trump and his supporters will cite the Pew data as proof that other countries don’t like it when the US stops letting itself be exploited and stands up for itself.
For Trump’s opponents, these numbers show how much damage he has done.
Here’s what it is abundantly clear: Trump represents a fundamental break with the policies and strategic approach that every postwar president, regardless of party, has chosen to follow. And his muscular isolationism has consequences.
The point: We’ve never been to this place before in the modern presidency and post-WWII world. It is yet another line that Trump has not only crossed, but has canceled.