Editor's note

America’s reputation abroad has taken a hit since the election of Donald Trump, with 75 percent of respondents to a recent global survey saying they’ve lost respect for the U.S. This may be already taking an economic toll as tourists and students stay away because they feel “unwelcome.” Marketing professors Daniel Korschun and Boryana Dimitrova and economist Yoto Yotov wondered if a country’s worsening reputation could also hurt trade. The results of their research, they say, “were astounding.”

Meanwhile, despite their diametrically opposed views, President Trump and Pope Francis ended their meeting in Rome yesterday with a joint pledge to work for peace. As historian David Mislin explains, political tensions between American politicians and the Vatican are not without precedent: “For the better part of a century, the GOP was the political home of anti-Catholicism in the U.S.”

When American servicemen and women lose limbs in combat, they often want to get right back into the action. That has made the Veterans Administration a key player in prosthetics research. Biomedical engineer Mark Geil from Georgia State University describes what VA-funded research projects are working on and how their findings will benefit civilians as well.

Bryan Keogh

Editor, Economics and Business

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Surveys suggest Trump’s election is hurting America’s reputation. AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu

America's worsening global reputation could put billions in US exports at risk

Daniel Korschun, Drexel University; Boryana V Dimitrova, Drexel University; Yoto V. Yotov, Drexel University

Surveys show Trump's election is damaging America's reputation abroad, which research suggests could deal a sharp blow to US trade.

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