More than half of Americans believe President Donald Trump has weakened the United States of America on the world stage, according to another bad poll for the commander in chief.
The latest McClatchy-Marist poll shows that 55 percent of voters say Trump has made the country weaker. Democrats overwhelmingly believe Trump has weakened the country, with 83 percent saying as much. And the majority of independents also believe Trump has weakened the United States, with 59 percent siding with the majority of Democrats.
Republicans have remained loyal to the president, but nearly one-fifth -- 17 percent -- agree with Democrats and independents that Trump has weakened the country's international standing.
"The first words that come to mind are bull**** or silly," said Andrew Nelson, an Atlanta news anchor who told McClatchy that he's an independent. "The president has been creating conflicts in a lot of places, which are distracting from other things going on in the administration."
"Even in the past month, his numbers for the image of the United States on the world stage and in his meeting with foreign leaders have declined, including among his GOP base," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the survey. "There is a fine line between showing strength and being confrontational in international matters and President Trump is still trying to find that line."
According to The New York Times, Trump has continued the Obama-era policy of escalating U.S. military actions across the Middle East and Africa, including Iraq, Syria, and Yemen by using Special Operations forces in order to minimize the number of American boots the U.S. military puts on the ground in those war-torn nations.
This has led to a great deal of criticism, especially after a raid in Yemen killed one U.S. Navy SEAL and 14 civilians, including nine children, one of whom was an American citizen.
"The US military’s acknowledgment of civilian deaths in this attack was a rare departure from past US practice in Yemen, but it’s not enough," said Nadim Houry, terrorism and counterterrorism director at Human Rights Watch. "The US needs to go a step further and provide a full accounting of possible laws-of-war violations and deliver appropriate compensation to civilians."
Trump was also criticized for not shaking the hand of German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference when reporters asked the two leaders for the photo-op.
According to the Mirror, Trump said he didn't hear reporters ask him for the hand shake and that he had already shook Merkel's hands "five times" during the meeting.