Nigel Farage on Monday took aim at President Obama’s legacy, arguing his leadership has hurt the United States' global standing.
“I think America these days, I’m sorry to say, looks a lot weaker than it has done for a very long time,” he said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”
“Barack ObamaBarack ObamaComedian Hasan Minhaj blasts Trump, media at WHCA dinner Trump invites Philippine's Duterte to the White House Social media users rip Fox graphic on economy under Trump, Obama MORE is popular with all the countries that he’s been weak and that he’s appeased,” Farage added, citing Cuba as an example. "Around the rest of the world, America’s standing is poor.
Farage said one of Obama’s biggest missteps is failing to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
“It is in the course of these eight years we have seen ISIS come to prominence,” said Farage, who led the campaign for Britain to exit the European Union earlier this year.
“I’ve not heard a single word from this president about how to deal with ISIS externally and certainly how to protect America better from people who might be ISIS agents,” added Farage, who backed President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcMaster to South Korea: US will pay for missile defense system Comedian Hasan Minhaj blasts Trump, media at WHCA dinner White House correspondents' chief: 'We are not fake news' MORE before his White House win.
Obama defended his legacy during a press conference last Friday, arguing his two terms in office have improved America’s fortunes.
“Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected that they did eight years ago,” he said. "It’s a situation I’m proud to leave my successor.”
Farage on Monday criticized Obama’s remarks as “self-delusion,” charging his administration produced “a very disappointing eight years” instead.
A Pew Research poll released last June found the populations of multiple countries have a positive view of Obama, however.
Seventy-nine percent of respondents in Farage’s native Britain, for example, were confident Obama would “do the right thing regarding world affairs."