1. The rest of the world’s image of Americans
In the years following Bush’s term, it was okay to be American again. Overseas, calling yourself an American often elicited a smile, thumbs up, or an “O-bah-ma!” Tell a foreigner you’re from the United States now and the first thing they want to talk about is Donald Trump. Everyone has heard of him and everyone has an opinion. From China to Colombia, all eyes are on the U.S. election.
It’s rare for foreign officials to weigh in on American politics publicly but some are minding our political business. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabrielbranded Trump a threat to peace and prosperity. Others have something to say, too. Officials from Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia reportedly have repeatedly complained about Trump’s anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric. It isn’t exactly clear on whose diplomats are doing the talking, but it is said that folks in at least India, South Korea, Japan, and Mexico are talking.