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The World Hasn’t Given Up on America
Trump Damaged the United States’ Global Reputation—but Not Permanently
Richard Wike

June 10, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden departs Joint Base Andrews to attend the G-7 Summit in the United Kingdom, June 2021
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
In his four years in office, President Donald Trump did tremendous damage to the United States’ image and reputation around the world. His distaste for democratic norms and disdain for multilateralism caused even the closest U.S. allies to question whether they could ever fully trust Washington again. And although Americans ultimately voted Trump out of office, many analysts predicted that his legacy would stain the country’s image long into the future. As the political scientist Jonathan Kirshner argued in Foreign Affairs, “The world cannot unsee the Trump presidency.”
Yet a new survey from the Pew Research Center reveals that the United States’ global reputation has rebounded to a remarkable degree. Many international publics remain skeptical of Washington’s commitment to their interests, and even more doubt that American democracy should still be held up as a model for other countries. But U.S. allies and partners have overwhelmingly welcomed Joe Biden’s election as president and cheered his commitment to rebuilding alliances and seeking multilateral solutions to global problems. Biden’s administration has a long way to go to restore confidence in U.S. leadership on the world stage, but it is clear that the world has not
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RICHARD WIKE is Director of Global Attitudes Research at the Pew Research Center.
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