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(CNN) Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump's overall approval rating stands at its lowest point in CNN polling, while three-quarters of Americans say they can't trust most of what they hear from the White House.
Overall, 38% say they approve of Trump's handling of the presidency, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, with 56% saying they disapprove. Just one other newly-elected president has held an approval rating below 50% at this point in his presidency since modern polling began: Bill Clinton, whose approval rating stood at 44% at this point in 1993.
Enthusiasm breaks against Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. Nearly half in the new poll say they strongly disapprove of Trump's handling of the job (47%), while just a quarter say they feel strongly positive about Trump's performance (24%).
Those numbers have soured in recent months, particularly among Trump's core supporters. Among Republicans, strong approval has dropped from 73% in February to 59% now. Among whites who do not have college degrees, a core component of Trump's base, just 35% strongly approve, down 12 points since February. At the same time, strong disapproval among Democrats has held steady around 80%.
On top issues, Trump's approval ratings largely tilt negative. And perceptions of the President as someone who will bring change are fading. Just 43% say Trump can "bring the kind of change the country needs," down from 48% in April, and the share who say he "can manage the government effectively" now stands at 39%, down from 44% in April.
The poll finds widespread doubts about the veracity of information coming from the White House. Only a quarter of Americans (24%) say they trust all or most of what they hear in official communications from the White House, while more (30%) say they trust "nothing at all" that they hear from the President's office. (Even among Republicans, only about half say they can trust most of what they hear from the White House.)
Trump's acumen as a manager and ability to bring change were the brightest spots for the President in polling conducted before he took office. But cracks in Trump's base of support are evident in the results on those questions now.
Among Republicans and independents who lean Republican, the share saying Trump can manage the government effectively has dipped 10 points since April's CNN/ORC poll. Among whites without a college degree, just 50% see Trump as an effective manager. Those non-college whites are also less likely to see Trump as a change agent, 58% say so now, down from 64% in April.
Still, these tepid ratings come even as most Americans feel things in the country are going well (53% say so), a number that's held roughly steady since April.
That positive feeling hasn't boosted Trump's ratings on the issues, however. He gets a mixed 48% approve to 47% disapprove rating on national security, and Americans are also divided on his handling of the economy (47% disapprove to 45% approve). On just about every other issue tested, majorities disapprove of Trump's work, including on health care policy (62%), foreign affairs (61%), immigration (55%) and helping the middle class (54%). Nearly half (48%) disapprove of his handling of taxes while just 34% approve.
Looking back over the first 200 days of Trump's time in office, just 36% say they consider it a success, and 59% consider it a failure. Both Barack Obama and George W. Bush were viewed as successful at this stage of their presidency by most Americans (56% for Bush, 51% for Obama).
Further, 62% overall say that Trump's statements and actions since taking office have made them less confident in his ability to be president. Half of whites without college degrees share that view.
The day-to-day operations of the executive branch appear to be chipping away at confidence in Trump and his management style. Most Americans (59%) say Trump hasn't paid enough attention to the country's most important problems. About the same number say his management style and the high rate of turnover in the West Wing hurts the administration's ability to be effective (58%). Slightly more say Trump has done a poor job assembling a team of top advisers to work in the White House (62%, up from 56% saying so in April).
Personal praise for the President is scarce, just 30% say they admire the President, and 34% say they are proud to have him as president. A majority (55%) say he has lowered the stature of the office of the president. Six in 10 don't consider Trump honest and trustworthy.
Looking more deeply at Trump's tweets: About 7 in 10 agree with the President's assessment that they allow him to communicate directly with his supporters without a media filter, but fewer see other positives in his use of the social media service.
A majority (52%) say his tweets are not an effective way for him to share his views on important issues, and 72% say they do not send the right message to other world leaders.
Seven in 10 say they too often seem to be in response to TV news the President may have seen, and 71% that they are a risky way for a president to communicate. Six in 10 say they are easy to misunderstand, 63% that they too often turn out to be misleading.
Few Americans report having personally shared or responded to a tweet from Trump, just 10% say they've done that on Twitter or other social media platforms.
The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS by telephone August 3 through 6 among a random national sample of 1,018 adults. The margin of sampling error for results among the full sample is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points, it is larger for subgroups.
Chicago sues Trump administration over sanctuary city plan
Chicago is suing to prevent the Trump administration from enforcing new policies that would withhold money from so-called sanctuary cities that deny U.S. immigration officials access to local jails.
The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court claims the federal policies force the city to choose between its constitutional rights and funding for law enforcement.
"These new conditions also fly in the face of longstanding city policy that promotes co-operation between local law enforcement and immigrant communities," the lawsuit said.
Hope Trump would not label CBC as 'fake media'
FBI raided former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s home
Paul Manafort attends a news conference at the Republican Convention in Cleveland on July 19, 2016.
Chad Day and Eric Tucker
The Associated Press
1 hour ago August 9, 2017
FBI agents have searched one of the homes of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, whose past foreign political work has been swept into the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. A Manafort spokesman confirmed the search Wednesday.
Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement that FBI agents had obtained a warrant and searched one of Manafort's homes, but he would not say when the search occurred. The Washington Post, which first reported the raid, said agents working Special Counsel Robert Mueller conducted the search the morning of July 26 at Manafort's home in Alexandria, Va.
"Mr. Manafort has consistently co-operated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well," Maloni said.
Manafort has been a subject of a longstanding FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and work for the country's former president, Viktor Yanukovych. That investigation has been incorporated into the probe led by Mueller, who is also scrutinizing Manafort's role in the Trump campaign as he looks into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and any possible collusion with Trump associates.
Manafort, who led the Trump campaign for several months, has denied any wrongdoing.
The use of a search warrant shows law enforcement officials have convinced a judge there is probable cause to believe a crime may have been committed.
Manafort has recently co-operated with congressional committees investigating the election interference. He sat for a private interview with staff of the Senate intelligence committee the day before the FBI raid.
The topic of the panel's interview was confined to a June 2016 meeting Manafort attended with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump Jr. That meeting, held at Trump Tower in New York, was described to Trump Jr. in emails as part of a Russian government effort to help the Trump campaign by passing along information that could be used against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
During the Senate committee interview , Manafort provided his recollection of the Trump Tower meeting and turned over contemporaneous notes he took during the gathering.
Manafort has also turned over other documents to the Senate intelligence committee as well as about 400 pages of records to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Meanwhile, the Judiciary Committee said Wednesday it has also received about 250 pages of documents from Trump Jr. and about 20,000 pages from the Trump campaign.
The content of the documents was not immediately clear. The committee said it received the Manafort and Trump campaign documents on Aug. 2 and the records from Trump Jr. on Aug. 4.
Judiciary committee leaders have also been in talks with Trump Jr. and Manafort about private interviews. The committee initially called for them to testify publicly, but lawmakers have since said they were negotiating the terms of their appearances.
(CNN) Even as the Trump White House continues to calibrate the right response to the news that North Korea may have miniaturized a nuclear weapon, President Donald Trump started a very public fight with the most powerful Republican in the Senate.
"Senator Mitch McConnell said I had 'excessive expectations,' but I don't think so," Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?"
That Trump tweet came just hours after this one from White House social media director -- and Trump confidant -- Dan Scavino Jr.: "More excuses. @SenateMajLdr must have needed another 4 years - in addition to the 7 years -- to repeal and replace Obamacare..."
Scavino added a link to his tweet of a video of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaking at an event in Kentucky on Tuesday -- which is what started this all up.
"Our new President, of course, has not been in this line of work before," said McConnell, according to a local CNN affiliate, which covered the event. "I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process."
McConnell's criticism -- Trump is a newbie in politics and doesn't totally get that things move incrementally even in the best of times -- seems relatively mild especially compared to Scavino's response. It's also a criticism that plenty of Democrats leveled at then-President Barack Obama in the early days of his presidency.
The simple fact is that McConnell was always skeptical that there were 50 votes for any sort of health care overhaul. It's why he tried to fast-walk the legislation before the July 4 congressional recess so he could move on to tax reform, where he's said there's more opportunity for a win.
But, even after McConnell was forced to delay that vote, he continued to push for passage of some sort of health care bill -- ultimately coming up a single vote short. It was a swing and miss to be sure, but not, as far as I can tell, as a result of anything McConnell left on the field -- which is the clear implication in Trump and Scavino's tweets.
Beyond the overreaction, what baffles me is whether Trump did this in a fit of pique or whether there was some sort of intentionality or strategy behind it. For the life of me, I can't figure that one out.
Remember that for everything that Trump wants going forward -- tax reform, funding for the border wall, maybe even another shot at health care -- he needs McConnell. Badly. And despite the health care setback, McConnell still inspires considerable loyalty among his colleagues.
Picking a fight with someone: a) you need to get things done and b) people look up to, seems to me to be the essence of playing dumb politics. Maybe Trump (and Scavino) have some sort of grand plan here I don't see. Always possible! But from where I sit, this was a needless fight to pick that could have decidedly negative consequences on the Trump's agenda in the future.
haaa... was it from realTrump?
哈哈， 床普以为总统就是签字的啊， 议会把BILL准备好， 他打完高尔夫， 大笔一挥， 功劳都归他了。