The old saw, the enemy of my enemy is my friend rings somewhat true as seen in this NY Times chart due to the different realities Dems and Repugs have regarding allies and enemies of the US, something becoming rather confusing under the chaotic Trump administration, the entity eminently good at pissing off people of every political stripe known to man.
On Thursday, many Americans woke up to a possible diplomatic rift with Australia, after the news that President Trump and the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, exchanged harsh words over a refugee agreement. It was all the more remarkable because a new survey — taken in the days before their conversation was revealed — shows that Australia is the nation that Republicans say is America’s strongest ally.
It gets better.
The episode was not the first international clash of Mr. Trump’s presidency. He belittled Mexico throughout his campaign and has annoyed many Mexicans with his aggressive talk on trade and immigration, insisting that they will pay for a border wall. He has also angered several European nations, including Germany, Britain and Italy, over his administration’s executive order restricting refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United states.
What Australia, Germany, Britain and Italy have in common: Americans of both parties rank them near the top of their list of allies. The survey, conducted from January 28 to February 1, asked respondents to rate whether a country was an ally or enemy of the United States on a five-point scale: ally, friendly, not sure, unfriendly or enemy. The differences at the top of the list — between Australia, Canada and Britain — were small.
Read the post, one will learn a lot. Your truly did without question.