“Morning Joe” guest Katty Kay, a BBC World News America anchor, said Thursday that many Europeans view America as a “freak show” that’s “dismissed around the world.”
Kay recalled recently visiting family in Europe and noticing that the U.S. isn’t recognized by Europeans for “global leadership” during the Trump administration — and this was before the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia that left a counter-protestor dead during a white supremacy rally.
“The White House is losing moral authority around the world and Charlottesville doesn’t help that at all, and it’s almost an irrelevancy,” Kay said. “This is the country with the biggest economy and biggest military in the world, so they know they have to deal somehow with the United States, but countries in Europe are feeling more confident. They’ve rejected the kind of right wing extremism that we saw in Charlottesville, in elections in the Netherlands and in elections in France, they don’t want that in Europe.”
Kay continued: “They’re feeling economically more confident as well and they’re doing their own deals. They’re looking to other countries to do deals on climate change and global trade issues and, if anything, the Trump White House and the saga and the drama around it looks more like a freak show than anything else. That’s kind of how America is seen at the moment.”
The powerful monologue concluded with Kay expressing sadness in how her country of residence is currently viewed.
“It’s incredibly depressing to come back to this country that is so dispirited and is so dismissed around the world,” Kay said.
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