Despite Negative Press, Trump Approval Numbers Are the Same as Before Putin Meeting


President Donald Trump appears to have weathered Monday’s Helsinki Summit controversy unscathed according to the most recent job approval numbers.

The Rasmussen Daily Tracking Poll found Trump’s approval rating last Friday, before his one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, stood at 46 percent.

As of Thursday, July 19, his approval number fell just one point to 45 percent, having registered at 46 percent on Wednesday, two days after the summit.

By way of comparison, on the same date during the second year of Barack Obama’s presidency he held a nearly identical 47 percent approval rating.

Trump received a torrent of criticism from members of the media, as well as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, for seeming to be as ready to accept Putin’s denial of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential race as the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that it did.

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Trump clarified on Tuesday that he has “full faith” in America’s intelligence agencies, including their findings concerning Russian attempts to influence the election.

“While Russia’s actions had no impact on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear: I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” he added. “There was no collusion at all.”

Trump tweeted a video compilation on Thursday of him acknowledging on multiple occasions in the past that Russia had sought to meddle in the race.

The president told reporters on Tuesday that he misspoke at the joint news conference in Helsinki when he stated that he did not see any reason why Russia “would” interfere in the U.S. election. Trump said he meant to say “wouldn’t.”

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A majority of Americans disapproved of Trump’s handling of the summit.

A CBS News poll published on Thursday found 55 percent disapproved, while 32 percent approved; however, the partisan divide was very present in the numbers.

Sixty-eight percent of Republicans approved of his performance, while 21 percent disapproved.

On the Democrat said, only eight percent approved and 83 percent disapproved.

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In a pair of tweets on Thursday, the president argued the Putin summit was actually a “great success” and not to give credence to the “Fake News Media’s” coverage, whom he labeled “the real enemy of the people.”

“I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed,” he added, listing stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, and North Korea among the topics.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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