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International Poll Shows German Leader Is More Popular Than Trump - Even In U.S.

Most people in the 20 countries with the largest industrial economies trust German Chancellor Angela Merkel more than President Trump to deal with international issues, a recent Pew Research survey found.

According to The Huffington Post, the pollsters determined that 56 percent of U.S. citizens have “some” or “a lot” of “confidence” in Merkel to respond appropriately to world challenges. Only 46 percent expressed that view about Trump. Residents of 12 other so-called G-20 countries also gave the German leader higher marks than the U.S. president. Poll respondents in India and Russia were the only ones who favored Trump.

The two heads of state have a strained relationship. Trump, who had previously criticized the German government’s “catastrophic mistake” of accepting foreign war refugees, refused to shake Merkel’s hand when she visited the White House in March. The chancellor has criticized Trump’s proposed travel bans and trade policies, as well as his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.

Merkel insists that the 195-nation pact concerning carbon emissions is “irreversible and non-negotiable.” The Pew survey indicated that nearly 70 percent of U.S. voters disagree with Trump about pulling out of the agreement. Fifty-seven percent oppose the president’s plan to renegotiate international trade agreements like NAFTA.

Pew pollsters contacted 1,505 adults in the United States between Feb. 16 and March 15.

According to The Hill, Trump and Merkel met Thursday after they arrived in Hamburg, Germany, for the G-20 economic summit. The White House told reporters that the two leaders discussed Russia and Ukraine, Qatar and North Korea. Because the conversation was behind closed doors, no other information was available. Before their meeting, Trump and Merkel shook hands while posing for pictures. Protesters, who gathered to criticize the G-20 group’s globalist agenda, chanted “Welcome to Hell.” German police responded with unloaded water cannons and smoke bombs in an attempt to disperse the crowd.

“The handshake that never took place in Washington — that was overblown and didn't correspond to the friendliness of the meeting,” Peter Wittig, Germany’s ambassador to the United States, told MSNBC. “It was productive in Washington. Both of them were satisfied. So don't read too much into that. They have a good and productive relationship, and the chancellor will go out of her way to turn this important G-20 summit … into a success. She will work to forge compromise.”

That could be a challenge, considering the harsh words Merkel has had for Trump. Earlier this year, during a speech at NATO headquarters, she criticized “the building of walls.” The remark was a clear reference to Trump’s campaign promise to erect a barrier along the United States’ southern border and “make Mexico pay for it.”

The president recently ridiculed Merkel’s globalist views and chastised her for allegedly failing to provide sufficient funding for NATO. Those statements, along with Trump’s decision to pull out of the climate agreement, prompted the German leader to declare that her country cannot “completely depend” on the United States as an ally. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out,” she said.

Source: HuffPost
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