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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

The decline of the US on the world stage

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has received a lot of criticism as of late for his handling of the coronavirus crisis. In March 2020 he proudly announced that between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths only would constitute a good job – the statement was seen as a sign of success for the President of the US as projections for the death toll were as high as 2.2 million but the world reacted with horror to the announcement.

In China news about Trump and his comments began to trend with many criticising the way the country had handled the crisis. Since the beginning of the pandemic the world has looked on with the headlines highlighting the vast issues in the US. The country quickly overtook other countries as the nation with the most cases of coronavirus and it became clear that the hospitals, police force and government were not prepared to properly handle the onslaught of sick people.

The tide has turned when it comes to public perception of the US as the world’s most developed nation with many around the globe lamenting the countries issues with healthcare, police brutality and crisis management. Recent global events have hurt the reputation of the US immensely and this will have far reaching consequences, especially when it comes to their relationship with China. In the past China as an emerging nation has always viewed the US with a level of respect and awe, but now as the world’s largest economy and with an increasingly connected, young population, the country is now coming to the realization that the US is no longer the check that it used to be for Chinese growth.

Many of the weaknesses of the US have now been exposed and it looks set to change the way the world works moving forward.

Nathan Bailey
Nathan is a news reporter, covering a range of national and international news stories, with a focus on explaining worldwide issues. He has been at British Journal since 2019. Before joining British Journal, he worked for Fleet Street newspapers for 5 years, where he spent time as a roving foreign correspondent.

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