The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has been chaotic, to put it mildly – both domestically and for the world in general. And the world community should ask itself whether it was just a glitch in the system.
One can safely assume that the majority of world leaders don’t consider Trump the best president the US has had. His domestic troubles aside, he has managed to imperil US credibility in many parts of the world.
He scrapped the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, which he believed was not good enough for America, and threatened similar pacts with Canada, Mexico and South Korea. He withdrew from the Paris climate accord, putting the self-interest of US business ahead of the global climate change threat. He disrupted the Middle East by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and threatening to scrap a hard-won nuclear deal with Iran. And he is currently pursuing a North Korea policy apparently aimed at either a mass famine in the country or an all-out, possibly nuclear war on the peninsula.
It’s hardly surprising that America’s global approval ratings are at their lowest level in a decade, according to a Gallup poll, worse than in the final years of George W Bush’s presidency. The greatest drops in approval came from traditional US allies, including Canada. And probably more significantly, the disapproval rating for American leadership in 2017 was 58 percent, up from 27 percent in 2016.