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Most Americans Won't Trust Trump During World Crisis


Less than half of Americans trust President-elect Donald Trump to handle an international crisis, according to a new poll.

The Gallup poll found that only 44 percent of Americans trust Trump enough to handle problems on a world stage. That's a stark difference from the 70 percent of Americans that trusted President Barack Obama when he took office in 2009 to handle international crises.

Trump's brash personality and controversial tweets might contribute to Americans' trepidation of his presidential style. Trump often tweets his thoughts on political matters, domestically and internationally, and isn't afraid to tell the world what he really thinks.

When it comes to China -- the world's largest country and second-largest economy behind only the United States -- and North Korea, Trump is especially blunt.

“North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen!” Trump tweeted Jan. 2.

He then accused China of hurting the U.S. economically while not helping with international security.

“China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won't help with North Korea. Nice!” Trump tweeted Jan. 2.

A top response to the tweet came from Matt Peterson, president of the Eurasia Group: "I've said it before, I'll say it again. Don't start a nuclear war."

“We hope that all sides avoid using words and actions that lead to escalating tensions,” said Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang, according to The New York Times.

Over the past 12 months, Trump has mentioned China on Twitter 15 times, almost always in an antagonistic manner, according to an advanced Twitter search.

“Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into..their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!” Trump tweeted Dec. 4, 2016.

Sources: Gallup, The New York Times, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (234), Twitter Advanced Search / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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