Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Is the Rest of the World 'Rattled' by Me? Good, Says Donald Trump

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Is the Rest of the World 'Rattled' by Me? Good, Says Donald Trump

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Is the world 'rattled' by Trump? Good, he says


WASHINGTON - The prospect of a Donald Trump presidency is apparently sending eyebrow-furrowing ripples of consternation across the globe.

There's statistical evidence, and anecdotal.

New surveys show that people in Canada and elsewhere are, by an overwhelming majority, concerned about the populist billionaire becoming the so-called leader of the free world.

Actual world leaders are apparently concerned too.

Trump came up in conversation at a G7 summit Thursday -- the press pool following the leaders overheard his name being mentioned. President Barack Obama later said some of his peers are worried.

"The world pays attention to U.S. elections," Obama told a news conference. "I think it's fair to say that they are surprised by the Republican nominee. They are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements.

"But they're rattled by him -- and for good reason -- because a lot of the proposals that he's made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through (solutions to problems)."

Evidence of such foreign rattling appears in new polls.

-- In Canada, an Abacus Data survey suggested Trump would get clobbered in the country -- with Hillary Clinton beating him 74 per cent to 26 per cent among Canadian respondents, winning clear majorities in every province. Eighty-four per cent said Trump would make the world less safe.

-- Sixty-seven per cent of Canadians hated or disliked his views, compared to 20 per cent who liked or loved them according to a multi-country survey for the liberal group Avaaz. Sixty-nine per cent said he'd make the world less safe, versus 19 per cent who said he'd make it safer.

He was even less popular in the other countries surveyed -- the UK, France, Germany, Japan and Mexico. …

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