US image suffers under Trump:

Asia Middle East Forum

The U.S.’s international standing has suffered a major blow during the early months of President Donald Trump’s tenure, the Pew Research Center suggested a recently released global opinion poll.

The poll of 37 countries found a median of just 22 percent have confidence in Trump to steer the U.S. on the international stage. That is down from a 64 percent median who expressed confidence in former President Barack Obama.

Nearly all countries saw a dramatic dip in confidence levels since Trump took office, except Israel and Russia, that increased seven and 42 points, respectively.

Among four major world leaders, the poll, which was suggested Trump ranks the lowest with only 22 percent expressing confidence in the American president. Twenty-seven percent of respondents expressed confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin, 28 percent in China’s Xi Jinping, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list by far at 42 percent.

Merkel ranks…

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