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4/3/17

USA Presidency: More than half of voters polled say Trump has weakened the US - by Anita Kumar

He hasn’t even been in office three months but half of the nation’s voters already say President Donald Trump has weakened the United States’ role in the world, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Since he was inaugurated in January, Trump has been criticized for a series of what some call foreign policy missteps: authorizing a raid in Yemen in which a Navy SEAL died, criticizing a deal that calls for the U.S. to accept 1,250 refugees from Australia, and insulting German Chancellor Angela Merkel by refusing to shake her hand when they met at the White House.

And in January, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a meeting with Trump after the U.S. president insisted that Mexico pay for a wall along the U.S. southern border.

Fifty-five percent of voters polled said Trump has weakened the U.S.’s role in the world, up from 52 percent in February. That includes 83 percent of Democrats but also includes 59 percent of independents, 17 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of those who called themselves Trump supporters. Thirty-six percent said he has made the U.S. stronger. Nine percent were unsure.

Trump has invited several world leaders to the White House, including Prime Ministers Theresa May of Britain, Justin Trudeau of Canada, Shinzo Abe of Japan, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Angela Merkel of Germany and Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark.

He will meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el Sissi Monday and Jordanian King Abdullah II Wednesday. He will Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.
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rump is expected to take his first trip abroad as president in May when he attends the Group of Seven and NATO summits in Belgium and Italy. He is also expected to visit Canada and Britain this year.

“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.

Note EU-Digest: Donald Trump is one of the most famous people in America, in part because he’s constantly reinventing himself. A New York real estate mogul, he became a tabloid celebrity for his flamboyant personal life, turned his name into a brand for everything from steaks to vodka to casinos, then became a reality TV star and a politician. Despite his years in the New York media spotlight, Trump’s time as the Republican presidential nominee has brought his entire life under scrutiny. TIME went through the archives to find rare photos from throughout his life and career.

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