One of Trump's earliest advisors was Roy Cohn, who was at one time Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel. Cohn got disbarred for unethical conduct in 1986, and died of AIDS 5 weeks later. You'll note in the article below that he is referred to as a "political fixer", a term that was later passed on to Michael Cohn.
How Cohn is connected to this thread was revealed in a story this morning from the History Channel:
In 1953, Cohn and David Shine visited a number of the recently established United States Information Posts in Europe. They discovered what they considered too many "pro-communist" books, and had thousands removed from the shelves. The authors they targeted included crime novelist Dashiell Hammett, African-American intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois, Herman Melville, John Steinbeck, and Henry Thoreau. Why anyone would consider "Moby Dick" to be subversive is beyond me, but apparently Cohn and Shine did.
The United States Information Agency existed from 1953 until 1999.
Although we may be uncomfortable with the fact that the United States spent as much as $1 billion a year on a propaganda organization, the reality is that Russia was doing the same thing.
The 1958 book, "The Ugly American" highlighted the fact that our diplomatic efforts were not always effective, which prompted JFK to establish the Peace Corps in 1961 as a way to bolster our image abroad. Arguably, the book may also be the reason that Kennedy, not Nixon, got elected in 1960.
It's often been said that history repeats itself, so here are two (or is it three?) examples of how "the ugly American" is still with us :
1) After we invaded Iraq in 2003, America's prestige abroad started to slide, and George W Bush's "cowboy diplomacy" was not very helpful to our image. As a result, Barack Obama's very first overseas trip in 2009 was to Egypt, and his speech there is still worth watching.
Three years after the speech, it does not appear that speech changed our relationship with the Muslim world a lot, but it MAY have inspired "the Arab spring" roughly 2 years later.
True to form, new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted Obama's 2009 speech on his first overseas trip in January of 2019:
2) Trump is by far much better at ruining our reputation than George W. was. It's far too early to predict who the 2020 democratic nominee will be, but I hope that it will be someone who is as eloquent as either Cory Booker or Pete Buttigieg, since that is EXACTLY what we need in order to be part of the rest of the world again.