BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay — a British woman who has been living in the United States for the last two decades — revealed to MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Thursday what she said is the world’s current perception of the United States.
Addressing President Donald Trump’s presidency as well as the Charlottesville, Virginia, terror attack, Kay and the hosts discussed the diminishing morale of the U.S.
“The Trump White House and the saga and the drama around it looks more like a freak show than anything else,” Kay said. “And that’s kind of how America is seen at the moment. It’s incredibly depressing to come back to this country that is so dispirited and is so dismissed around the world.”
Kay added, “I’ve been living here 20 years, and every year I try and spend time with my family back in Europe and this is the first time, Mika, I’ve come back and felt America was almost being dismissed by other countries and this was before Charlottesville actually happened.”
According to Kay, “America is losing its global leadership” and there’s a worldwide “sense that other countries just have to ‘deal’ without America.
“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 continued. “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.”
Kay noted that the rest of the world — specifically Europe — is “rejecting the kind of right-wing extremism that we saw in Charlottesville.”
“They don’t want that in Europe,” she said. “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.”