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Russian aggression and the rise of China are among the biggest foreign policy concerns Americans face. In many countries, though, the world power seen as most threatening is the United States.
President Trump would argue that foreign policy is not a popularity contest, and it’s better to be viewed as a threat than a pushover. But there are real foreign policy implications behind these numbers:
The bottom line: Global views of the U.S. have slumped before — during the Iraq War, for example — and cracks in U.S. alliances have been repaired in the past. But as the mistrust grows, it could get harder and harder to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said today that President Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un is scheduled to begin at 9am Singapore time on Tuesday, June 12. That's 9pm Monday night for those of us on the East Coast.
Flame burning low? Trump and Macron at the state dinner in Washington. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told President Trump today that tariffs on EU steel and aluminum are "unjustified" and "deeply disappointing," according to a Downing Street readout of the call.
That follows what a source described to CNN as a "terrible" call between Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron about the tariffs, which Macron has called "illegal." Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended them today as "the only measures appropriate to safeguard the country."
Here's a look at the U.S. products now being targeted in retaliation for U.S. tariffs, compiled by Axios' Shannon Vavra.
The toppling of Spain's prime minister and the rise of Italy's new populist government have led to concerns over newfound instability in Europe. One factor in both cases: corruption.
Fishermen at work in the Malaysian state of Sabah, where China has funded an oil and gas pipeline. Photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP via Getty Images
Malaysia made headlines, and raised eyebrows, last week by announcing it would use crowd-funding to help pay down the crippling national debt. But another move could have much bigger implications, Axios' Erica Pandey writes: renegotiating debt-busting infrastructure contracts with China
Ramaphosa at a rally. Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images
With the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) pledged to return 30% of land granted to whites under a 1913 law to its “previous owners” by 2014. GZERO Media's Willis Sparks writes in the latest Signal newsletter that to maintain investor confidence the government has moved slowly to implement this policy — but that could soon change.
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"The worst part of it is that the machinery of government has been corrupted and we have to rely on that corrupt machinery because we can’t dismiss everybody."— Mahathir Mohamad on taking power in Malaysia
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