17 May 2017

News Story: ASEAN perception of US drops after Trump backed Duterte's drug war

By Patricia Lourdes Viray

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 4:22 p.m.) — The transfer of executive power from US President Barack Obama to Donald Trump seems to have left an "indelible impact" on the country's global image, according to a survey.

In a survey by the Singapore-based ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, the perception of Southeast Asians on Washington's image has deteriorated in four months.

About 64.3 percent of the respondents said that the US cannot be relied on to uphold free trade, human rights and international law in the region.

This follows the Trump's declaration of support for President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, which involved thousands of extrajudicial killings.

The expression of support from Trump "no doubt played a role in nudging US' trustworthiness downward," the report said.

The US' withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement also contributed to the drop of Washington's popularity among Southeast Asians.

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