Saturday 23 June 2018

President's approval rating in US rises to 50pc

President Trump
President Trump

Most Americans now approve of Donald Trump's performance as president, a poll has suggested.

Some 50pc approve while 49pc do not, the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll shows.

At the same stage of his presidency, Rasmussen gave Barack Obama a 45pc approval rating. It is the first time Mr Trump has hit 50pc in the survey of 500 probable voters, since June.

Other polls earlier in the week had lower support for Mr Trump, with Reuters/Ipsos putting him at 40pc, and Quinnipiac at 37pc.

At yesterday's CPAC conference, Mr Trump abandoned his script.

Looking from the stage at an image of himself on a big screen, he said: "What a nice picture that is. Look at that. I'd love to watch that guy speak."

Mr Trump turned and put his hands on the hair at the back of his head and told the crowd: "Oh, I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks. I work hard at it. It doesn't look bad. Hey, we are hanging in, we are hanging in. Together, we are hanging in."

The president added: "You don't mind if I go off script a little bit, because, you know it's sort of boring." In scenes reminiscent of his campaign rallies, Mr Trump referred to "crooked" Hillary Clinton, sparking chants of "lock her up" from the crowd.

Irish Independent

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