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US Best Country Ranking Slides to No. 7 as Trump Gets Blame

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Switzerland No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Countries Rankings." (Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 07:00 AM

The U.S. News & World Report's "Best Countries Rankings" dropped the United States three spots to No. 7, saying many respondents "lost respect" for American leadership after last year's presidential election. Switzerland was No. 1.

The magazine said the "global distaste" for President Donald Trump was one of the factors for the U.S. tumble in the rankings.

Switzerland was followed by Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Sweden. Germany, which was No. 1 in 2016, tumbled to No. 4 after a drop in the categories open for business, citizenship, and quality of life, noted NBC's "Today."

The ranking, released on Tuesday, was done in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and global brand consultants BAV Consulting.

"It's pretty clear that Donald Trump ran and was elected as a nationalist who would look out, as he put it, just for American interests, and who thought the U.S. was doing too much and was being exploited by the rest of the world," Thomas Wright, fellow and director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution, told U.S. News & World Report. "That has made the rest of the world very nervous."

The magazine reported more than 70 percent of survey respondents said they lost respect for U.S. leadership as a result of the toxic nature of the election last fall.

The U.S. fell in various categories in the survey, including best countries for adventure, open for business, citizenship, education, most transparent, and best to headquarter a corporation.

Refugee flight has been a major issue for Germany with tens of thousands from Syria and other countries traveling to the country, leading to a backlash, noted The Atlantic.

The survey wasn't all bad for the United States, as America was still seen as the world's most powerfil country and also regained the top spot as the most influential country.

The survey said if the U.S. election was global, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would have received about 60 percent of the vote, according to the more than 21,000 respondents. Trump, though, would have won in Russia with 83 percent support and China, where 54 percent supported him.

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The U.S. News & World Report's "Best Countries Rankings" dropped the United States three spots to No. 7, saying many respondents "lost respect" for American leadership after last year's presidential election. Switzerland was No. 1.
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