The first year of US President Donald Trump’s presidency has seen an increase in an ongoing trend of democratic decline in the US and around the world, mainly due to Trump’s attacks on the press and his administration’s brash foreign policy approach.
“Democracy is under assault and in retreat around the globe, a crisis that has intensified as America’s democratic standards erode at an accelerating pace,” according to a report released on Tuesday by Freedom House, a non-partisan think tank in Washington.
Erosion of US democracy
The new report shows that the Trump administration has facilitated the erosion of American democratic standards and contributed to the decline of global freedom.
While Freedom House has tracked a slow trend of declining democracy in the US over the last seven years, that decline accelerated in 2017 due to “growing evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, violations of basic ethical standards by…