Since Donald Trump took office in January, the media has made a big issue out of how unpopular he is. Never mind the fact that Democrats were shut out in special elections, or that the Republican Party is enjoying record-breaking fundraising; Trump’s policies are universally hated.
Similarly, the media continues to report that Trump is unpopular abroad. In Europe, where he has been critical of NATO, reports say Trump is tarnishing America’s reputation with important allies. To some of these allies, electing Trump signaled the end of America’s role as a global leader.
Of course, there’s a completely different side of the story that many aren’t hearing. While Trump’s “America First” mindset may rub many world leaders the wrong way, it sends an important message. After eight years of bowing to the demands of other nations, world leaders had grown used to Obama’s timid leadership. In Trump, they have to confront a leader willing to firmly stand with American interests.
While growing pains are predictable, Trump’s approach is starting to yield real results. In May, Trump had an extremely successful trip to the Middle East. There, his speech in front of Middle Eastern leaders was warmly received by those in attendance.
Since returning from that trip, Trump’s positive reputation in the Middle East has continued to grow. In fact, in a recent interview with Politico, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that Trump’s leadership is a step up from the previous administration.