BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's nationalist and protectionist foreign policy has provoked the decline of the country's international approval rating, which has eventually hit a record low of 30 percent, Russian media pointed out.
One year after Trump took office, median approval of U.S. leadership across 134 countries and areas hit a new low of 30 percent, according to the survey published by Gallup on January 18.
The reason lies in Trump's political strategy, which "is characterized by a racist and nationalist approach," and has been viewed negatively by the public, Sputnik quoted Mojtaba Jalalzadeh, an Iranian observer and expert in international affairs at Azad University in Tehran, as saying.
The second reason behind the record low rating of the U.S. is "Trump's failure to show adherence to the liabilities of international agreements, for instance, the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement at Trump's pleasure," Jalalzadeh told Sputnik.
The expert also stressed that Trump's America First policy remains another important factor, adding that Trump only considers America's interests when making decisions of international importance.
In this regard, he talked about Trump's official acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying that the decision would backfired by "fueling sectarian violence."