Most G20 Members Are More Confident In Merkel’s Leadership Than Trump’s
This year’s G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, is set to prove extremely challenging for all the leaders involved with key issues on the table including terrorism, climate change and protectionism. It’s also notable as the first occasion U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet each other face-toface. Considering that the two leaders have praised each other over the past few months, hopes are high that their first meeting will prove constructive. However, immense political differences continue to drive the U.S. and Russia apart, including the conflict in Syria and sanctions imposed over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.
That lack of unity is embodied across all G20 nations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in particular fuming about Germany’s refusal to let him address the country’s large Turkish community at a rally. That coupled with the division bred by the long-running Brexit saga has seen confidence in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership stand firm in recent months. According to a Pew Research Center survey, most G20 members have far more confidence in Merkel’s leadership than Trump’s. Seventy-nine percent of those polled in France felt confident about Merkel doing the right thing regarding world affairs in stark contrast to 14% for Trump. That pattern repeated itself in the majority of G20 nations, though Russia and India were exceptions, with majorities backing the U.S. president’s skills on the world stage.