14 January 2020   Leave a comment

The Pew Research Center has published a very extensive poll on global favorable and unfavorable attitudes toward US President Trump and the US as a whole. Interestingly, the summary polls indicate that most in the world have unfavorable views of President Trump (although citizens in states currently led by right-wing leaders have a favorable view of President Trump) but favorable views of the US.

On specific issues, there is little support for most of President Trump’s initiatives except for his overtures to North Korea:

“Looking at the median levels of support across these countries, disapproval is strongest for Trump’s policies of the U.S. increasing tariffs or fees on imported goods from other countries, the U.S. withdrawal from international climate change agreements, and the U.S. building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Fewer than half in all 33 countries surveyed approve of these policies.

“Global publics also disapprove of the Trump administration’s policy of allowing fewer immigrants into the U.S. However, there is some support for the U.S. restricting immigration among Israelis and some publics in Central and Eastern Europe.

“Additionally, most publics disapprove of the U.S. withdrawing from the Iran nuclear weapons agreement, but Israelis support this action. Israelis also support moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, while Tunisians, Lebanese and Turks strongly disapprove of this policy.

“Trump garners strongest approval for his negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the country’s nuclear weapons program. This includes majority approval from people in Japan and South Korea, as well as Israel, the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, Poland and Germany.”

The report is quite long, but well worth the effort.

US President Trump tweeted the following today:

We have had a number of different explanations for the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, and there has been a great deal of controversy over whether the Iranian general was planning an “imminent” (not “eminent”) attack on US troops. The word is important. If the attack was indeed imminent, then the President in his role as Commander in Chief can use force to protect US soldiers without consulting Congress. If the attack was not imminent, then the President does not have the authority to conduct an act of war without a declaration of war from Congress. For Mr. Trump to say that it does not matter if an Iranian attack was imminent conveys his total lack of appreciation for the Constitution. The tweet also indicates a very cavalier attitude toward the truth, an attitude that all should regard as unacceptable.

Posted January 14, 2020 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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