A new survey from Pew finds that Americans have more confidence in German Chancellor Angela Merkel (56%) "to do the right thing regarding world affairs" than they do in President Trump (46%).
The U.S. is not alone: Most residents of G20 countries have more confidence in Merkel than Trump, and in seven leading countries — Germany, France, South Korea, the U.K., Canada, Japan and Australia — the margin is at least 40% in Merkel'sfavor.
Trump vs. Obama: Confidence in the U.S. president dropped in 35 of 37 countries since Barack Obama left office.
In European countries, confidence in Trump is as low as 7%. Sweden had the biggest drop, from 93% under Obama to 10% now.
Why it matters: Trump is meeting with leaders, including Merkel, at the G20 summit in Germany today and tomorrow where he'll seek support for his policies on climate change, trade, and immigration. His unpopularity around the world — and in the U.S. — won't help.
Statements made by Trump on Vladimir Putin:
“I do have a relationship with him” November 2013
“When I went to Russia with the Miss Universe pageant, [Putin] contacted me and was so nice” February 2014
“I will tell you that I think in terms of leadership [Putin] is getting an A, and our president is not doing so well” September 2015*
“Yes [we met], a long time ago. We got along great, by the way” October 2015
“I never met Putin. I don’t know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me. He said I’m a genius
... I never met Putin” July 2016
--The Liar-in Chief, Donald J. Trump
*In this statement, Trump praised the Communist ex-head of the KGB, and denigrated our American president.
Meanwhile, the wingnuts scream bloody "DISRESPECT!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!1" because a majority of Americans reject the guy who praised a Communist over our American President.