Moscow, January 29 (IANS) US President Donald Trump’s “nationalist and protectionist” foreign policy has caused America’s international approval rating to decline, which hit a record low of 30 per cent, the Russian media has pointed out.
One year after Trump took office, median approval of US leadership across 134 countries and areas hit a new low of 30 per cent, according to the survey published by Gallup on January 18, Xinhua reported.
The reason lies in Trump’s political strategy, which “is characterised by a racist and nationalist approach” and has been viewed negatively by the public, Sputnik quoted Mojtaba Jalalzadeh, an Iranian observer and expert in international affairs at Azad University in Tehran, as saying.
The second reason behind the record low rating was “Trump’s failure to show adherence to the liabilities of international agreements. The unilateral withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Agreement at the President’s pleasure, was one of them”, Jalalzadeh told Sputnik.
The expert also stressed that Trump’s “America First” policy remains another important factor. He said: “Trump only considers America’s interests when making decisions of international importance.”
In this regard, he talked about Trump’s official acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying that the decision back-fired by “fuelling sectarian violence”.