- “Pompeo and Pence Sent a Poor Message With Their Bumbling Tour of Europe” (editorial) (Washington Post, 2-16-17)
- “Deaf Ears in Europe” (Wall Street Journal, 2-17-19)
- “Munich Security Conference: Transatlantic Differences Laid Bare at Annual Defense Powwow” (Politico, 2-17-19)
- “Rift Between Trump and Europe is Now Open and Angry” (New York Times, 2-17-19)
- “Angela Merkel Takes Direct Aim of Trump’s Go It Alone Policies” (Washington Post, 2-17-19)
- “Vice President Pence Receives Awkward Silence in Munich After Offering ‘Greetings’ from President Trump” (Time, 2-17-19)
- “Munich Security Conference Reveals Growing Rift Between U.S. and its Allies” (NPR, 26-16-19)
The U.S. Has Lost European Public Opinion
Favorable views of the U.S. have declined dramatically with German and French publics since President Trump took office. Now, barely a third has favorable views, down more than 30 points from just two years ago.
“America First” Looks Like “America Alone”
The soft power of a nation – its ability to persuade – is often linked to the image of the primary leaders. The silence at the Munich Security Conference is also explained by the low opinion President Trump is held in by the publics of U.S. allies. Only 9 percent of the French, 10 percent of Germans, 7 percent of Spanish and 28 percent of the UK publics have “confidence in the U.S. president to do the right thing regarding world affairs.” Trump is trusted in Israel (69%).
Pew and other international pollsters cite several factors that are key in a country’s reputation:
- How does the public perceive the U.S. is treating its own citizens?
- Is the U.S. dealing with international problems?
- Does the U.S. consider the other countries’ views?
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