In the closing days of the presidential campaign, with those who know Donald Trump claiming he could be in a depressed mood, the Republican candidate has lashed out at First Lady Michelle Obama for supporting Hillary Clinton, despite Obama being the most popular political figure in the country. Now Trump has attacked the US itself.
“The world hates our president,” Trump told a crowd in Pennsylvania. He is campaigning in the crucial state despite the fact it is likely to vote for the Democrat and his campaign has lost ground in traditionally red states. “The world hates us. You saw what happened with the Philippines after years and years and years; they’re now looking to Russia and China, because they don’t feel good about the weak America.”
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte recently announced a ‘separation’ from the United States, saying his country would align with China and end economic and military co-operation with the US. Duterte has been called the Trump of the Philippines. His vulgar language and bombastic style have echoes of Trump.
Duterte claimed ‘America has lost’ during his announcement on a visit to China. But Duterte is notorious for unprepared, off-the-cuff remarks that are later downplayed by the officials around him. He recently apologized for calling President Obama a ‘son of a whore’. Duterte has already walked back his comments.
Trump’s claim that other countries hate the US is not borne out by fact. The Obama administration has drastically improved international approval of the United States following the huge unpopularity of George W. Bush. President Obama enjoys broad support across much of the world, especially in Europe, while recent polls show Clinton is the preferred candidate in Israel, Ireland and elsewhere.