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Everyone has heard about the the ongoing protests around the country in response to President Trump taking office; however, how much do we really know about what citizens in other countries think?
I spoke to Haley, an undergraduate student studying international business. She is currently studying abroad at Webster University in Leiden, located in South Holland. As many college campuses are, Webster University is predominantly liberal. As inauguration day got closer, her fellow classmates began to boldly speak their mind about the issues. Being a conservative, she was the odd one out and because “Trump supporters are so rare here,” she agreed to be interviewed by a Dutch radio station. This lead to disagreement and opened her eyes to American politics in Europe. Here’s what she had to say.
What do you think Holland’s views of America is at the moment?
“Not that I speak for all of the Netherlands, but overall I have not met any conservative Dutch people. They take President Trump as a joke. I see the Netherlands as a progressive country concerned with climate change, which is weird because a ton of Dutch people smoke and it is so common here.”
Are there or have there been any protests in the area? If so, what were they protesting?
“Yes. Actually a ton of protests have occurred in Amsterdam since I’ve arrived. I get emails from the U.S. Consulate that warn me to stay away from the areas of demonstrations if they have received notifications of them taking place. One was for the Women’s March and another is taking place tomorrow evening protesting President Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from certain countries.”
Below are several of the warnings Haley has received.