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Who's afraid of Trump's America?

July 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

"The world is going to respect us again," Donald Trump promised in 2016 as he campaigned for the presidency, "Believe me." Now the world has had a chance to watch America under President Trump and the signs of respect are becoming all but impossible to find, writes Frida Ghitis. Other nations are taking advantage of the absence of US leadership.

(CNN)"The world is going to respect us again," Donald Trump promised in 2016 as he campaigned for the presidency, "Believe me. " The world, he said, was "laughing at us," but that would change if he became president.

Now the world has had a chance to watch America under President Trump and the signs of respect are becoming all but impossible to find.

That's the predictable result of more than three years of Trump slathering praise on the world's worst dictators while mistreating some of America's closest allies.

After years of hearing Trump defend Russian President Vladimir Putin, take his word over that of his own security experts and disregard bipartisan warnings about Russia's threat, it now seems Putin's goons have been arranging to have American soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

China has decided to essentially ignore the commitment it made to the people of Hong Kong, to the United Kingdom, and to the rest of the world 23 years ago, when the UK transferred control to China under a promise that Beijing would keep Hong Kong's system, including many of its democratic freedoms, in place for 50 years.

Never mind American tariffs or pandemic-related epithets, Beijing knows Trump -- and, hence, views America -- as a paper tiger.

Trump denies it, but he very publicly asked China to investigate Vice President Joe Biden, his Democratic rival.

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