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All of Donald Trump’s White House communications staff lie and offer up terrible visions of how the United States should work. It’s their job. But they each have their own personal style, and if you want sweeping, smarmy, B-movie kind of quotes, you go to deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, who Steve Benen flags explaining how great Trump has been for the U.S. image in the world:

“We are now respected, we are now feared, we are now loved because of this president. He has good relationships with our partners and allies. In fact, I would even argue they’re stronger.”

Respect AND fear AND love. An impressive feat, if it was remotely true. Benen cites two different international surveys showing quite the opposite on the respect and love fronts:

… earlier this year, Gallup published a report that found, “One year into Donald Trump’s presidency, the image of U.S. leadership is weaker worldwide than it was under his two predecessors.

What’s more, the Gallup report came on the heels of a separate study, published last year by the Pew Research Center, which also found that Trump’s presidency isn’t just unpopular around the globe, it’s also undermined international support for the United States.

It’s not just public opinion. The U.S. is being sidelined on policy issues and other countries are standing by agreements that Trump has undermined U.S. credibility by pulling out of.

Maybe one part of Gidley’s brag is true: thanks to Trump, the U.S. may be more feared than it had been in recent years—in the way that you fear a drunk driver will cause an accident. But with nuclear weapons.

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  1. While he thinks he is making America great, he is being mocked, feared, scoffed and laughed at. The Captain of the Ship of Fools.

  2. These people LIE like the rest of us breathe.
    The US is thought of in
    “Lesser Regard” now,..thanks to Trump.
    I am an Expat,..and I meet people from all over who express disgust regarding Trump and those who voted for him.
    The USA and the world are less safe because of Trump. That’s a fact.

  3. Respect ?!! This shows just how deluded these people are. The impostor president shits on our allies & backs out of agreements. We do not have anything like a reasonable health care system. We don’t give a rat’s ass that we have hungry children either. Weapons are plentiful & every goofball & weirdo in town is allowed weapons of war & Putin laughs his ass off selling Russian guns to stupid Americans that kill each other to the tune of 90/day. Americans love guns more then their children. He handed North Korea the recognition they crave on a world stage & got nothing in return for the U.S. Daily new evidence of bribery & extortion come to light involving elected officials & their posse. He changes his mind & lies so much our allies can’t trust us. There’s lots of fear alright but it’s our minorities afraid of being gunned down by police & women that are afraid because they can’t access reproductive services & minorities that are afraid because they’re berated & insulted in public by hateful bigots that think it’s just fine to behave that way. We have a policy of ripping children out of the arms of their parents that are trying to legally immigrate. And all the while Congress stands by allowing him to loot the treasury for the benefit of the already wealthy & our kids & grandchildren will be paying the tab. It’s no wonder the world thinks we’re idiots. Look at who is in charge.


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