Fareed Zakaria described the damage that Donald Trump has effected on America internationally as the world starts making plans to ignore our country, virtually. The precipitous fall of America to the rest of the world is astounding but understandable.
The world’s worsening opinion of America is real. Fareed Zakaria reveals some unfortunate truths about having Trump as the president of the United States of America. He wrote about it in his Washington Post article and spoke about it in this excerpted video.
In London last week, I met a Nigerian man who succinctly expressed the reaction of much of the world to the United States these days. “Your country has gone crazy,” he said, with a mixture of outrage and amusement. “I’m from Africa. I know crazy, but I didn’t ever think I would see this in America.”
A sadder sentiment came from a young Irish woman I met in Dublin who went to Columbia University, founded a social enterprise and has lived in New York for nine years. “I’ve come to recognize that, as a European, I have very different values than America these days,” she said. “I realized that I have to come back to Europe, somewhere in Europe, to live and raise a family.”
Zakaria said that a recent Pew Research Center study of 37 countries made it clear that they can make do without America.
Trump’s presidency is making the United States something worse than just feared or derided. It is becoming irrelevant.
President Obama is almost three times more percentage points than Donald Trump in Global Confidence.
Donald Trump has the worse poll numbers of all the key leaders around the world.
Even in the United States more expressed confidence in German Chancellor Angela Merkel than Trump.
Zakaria points out that Trump has done something most have been unable to do so far. He has unified Europe. Deeper European integration is on its the way.
Zakaria ended his piece on a sour note.
Even when U.S. foreign policy was unpopular, people around the world still believed in America — the place, the idea. This is less true today.
In 2008, I wrote a book about the emerging “Post-American World,” which, I noted at the start, was not about the decline of America but rather the rise of the rest. Amid the parochialism, ineptitude and sheer disarray of the Trump presidency, the post-American world is coming to fruition much faster than I ever expected.
Much of Trump’s damage will live on for the foreseeable future.
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