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Under Trump U.S. favourability ratings drops sharply

Staff Writer |
The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump.

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An overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center showed.

Five months into Trump's presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favourability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.

But the falls were far steeper in some of America's closest allies, including U.S. neighbours Mexico and Canada, and European partners like Germany and Spain.

Trump took office in January pledging to put "America First".

Since then he has pressed ahead with plans to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, announced he will pull out of the Paris climate accord, and accused countries including Canada, Germany and China of unfair trade practices.

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