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Seven in 10 people around the world have no confidence in Trump, and America’s global image may be suffering as a result, a new survey finds.

The 25-nation study, conducted by Pew Research Center, found that views of America are continuing to deteriorate after taking a major hit when Trump took office.

Overall, 43 percent of those surveyed said they have an unfavorable view of the U.S., while 50 percent have a favorable view.

Those ratings are far lower than at any point during President Obama’s eight years in office, according to Pew.

America’s international image is particularly low among some of our closest allies, with just 30 percent of Germans, 38 percent of French, and 39 percent of Canadians expressing a favorable view of the U.S.

In all three examples, ratings of the U.S. are worse than they were a year ago.

Views of Trump are even lower, with just 27 percent saying they have confidence in him to do the right thing in world affairs. Only 10 percent of Germans, 9 percent of French, and 25 percent of Canadians said they have confidence in Trump, according to the survey.

The survey results come just a week after world leaders at the United Nations literally laughed at Trump when he tried to brag about his accomplishments as president.

Since taking office, Trump has pulled the country out of a number international agreements like the Paris climate accord and Iran nuclear deal, started fights with our allies while cozying up to dictators like Kim Jong Un and Putin, and slammed our participation in NATO.

And as this latest survey shows, it’s not just world leaders who are laughing at Trump. The rest of the world is laughing right along with them.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

 

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)