It won't be an overstatement if one is to note that Donald Trump has repeatedly raised the topic of his talks with Vladimir Putin that took place during the Helsinki summit. The sitting US president would repeatedly stress that such meetings are extremely important for global stability and has gone as far as to announce his willingness to hold similar meetings in the future. However, every time Trump hears about the Democrats and the MSM that they happen to be in control of, he gets unusually irritated. And that's hardly surprising as there seems to be no way for him to please those other than getting in a fist fight with Russia's leader.
However, for the sake of objectivity, it should be noted that the Democrats are not the only ones that remain critical of Donald Trump at all times. It's been pointed out that the global opinion of Trump and his office has sunk so low that the world now appears to have more confidence in the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as it's been boldly stated by a new Pew Research Center survey across 25 countries.
According to the Foreign Policy, the survey showcases the sharp decline in America's image and standing abroad since Trump took office nearly two years ago and began a series of unilateral trade wars and a campaign aimed at the undermining of global institutions. This media source is confident there's no denying that US standing has taken hits across the world under his term.
It should be noted that the Pew Research Center describes itself as a nonpartisan fact tank that is completely independent and is only interested in presenting various geopolitical challenges and trends to the general public.
But it is obvious that by releasing a report, even if one is to assume that it is completely accurate, that states Donald Trump is the most unpopular international political figure in the world that is lagging behind Putin Vladimir, the victim of rampant Western propaganda aimed at demonizing all things Russian, the Pew Research Center will alter our perception of Donald Trump. This exercise in manipulation can hardly be called harmless in the run-up to midterm elections in the United States.
With various "fact tanks" doing their best to manipulate the general public, it's no wonder that Trump's own supporters would rather prefer to see his Russian counterpart in the White House rather than a Democrat, as it's been stated by Ronald Reagan's youngest son, Ron Reagan. According to the Washington Times,Ron Reagan told MSNBC host Chris Matthews that:
If it were were left just up to Donald Trump's base, they would elect Vladimir Putin as president of the United States over virtually anybody with a ‘D' after their name, and I'm not kidding you," Ron Reagan told MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews.
Under these circumstances, one would have a hard time taking it as a joke that in late July, an unidentified person has replaced Trump's portrait with the one of Vladimir Putin in the gallery of American presidents in the Colorado State Capitol Hall. This fact was reported by Senator Steve Fenberg on his twitter, where he spiced the picture he took with a #putinpotus hashtag.
Speaking at the recent meeting of Russia's flagship international forum Valdai, Putin described the meetings he had with the sitting American president as a rather positive occurrence. He pointed out that it's always better to speak with the opposing side even if it doesn't yield any visible results, as it's better than getting engaged in aggressive rhetorics. However, Putin noted that those meetings haven't had a positive impact on the state of US-Russia bilateral relations. However, any chance of any real progress is being hampered by the rampant Russophobic hysteria unleashed in the Western media. Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov thinks that individual political figures in the West got so rapped up in this hysteria, that it may seem that they have a bad case of political rabies.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire examined this phenomenon in her article for Counter Punch, noting that the demonization of Russia is one of the most dangerous things that is happening in our world today. The scapegoating of Russia is an inexcusable game that the West is indulging in. It is time for political leaders and each individual to move us back from the brink of catastrophe to begin to build relationships with our Russian brothers and sisters.
That is why precisely why Donald Trump's intention of holding yet another meeting with Russia's leader is being supported by the majority of Americans, as evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by HarrisX research firm.
Grete Mautner is an independent researcher and journalist from Germany, exclusively for the online magazine "New Eastern Outlook."