According to results released by the Munich Security Conference, Europeans, specifically French and Germans, are more likely to trust Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China than they are Donald Trump. Specifically, they are more likely to trust these leaders in doing the right thing within world affairs. It was also found that many claimed support for Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron, according to EuroNews.
The report also found that in relation to international security policy, the European Union is “particularly ill-prepared” for “a new era of great power competition.” This “era” is in reference to the competition unfolding between Putin, Trump, and Jinping in the international order. It was also stated that this competition is being accompanied by a “certain leadership vacuum.”
Also noteworthy from the survey was the fact that Trump was the only leader who failed to garner trust from at least half of his own country, with 48 percent of Americans saying they trust the president to do the right thing.