Paul Brandus: Heading into G-7, Trump’s Mr. Unpopular on the world stage

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The 2017 G-7 meeting.

President Trump likes to say that on his watch, the world thinks a lot more of the United States than it used to. “America is being respected again,” he said in Indiana last month.

Just one problem: it’s generally not true—or, to turn one of Trump’s favorite phrases against him, it’s “fake news.”

It’s certainly not true based on conversations with people I’ve encountered during my current six-nation swing through Europe and the Middle East, where Trump’s leadership—with some key exceptions—has met with criticism and contempt. I’ll get to the data on that in just a moment.

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