Monday, February 6, 2017

Trump Angry Over Low Approval Numbers


President Trump took to Twitter this morning to rant about so-called "fake news" and "negative polls:"





It seems the president isn't interested in any opinions that oppose his own. And the "call my own shots" comment would seem to be related to recent reports (like a big TIME Magazine cover story) that White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has been directing Trump's activities behind the scenes.

The latest CNN/ORC poll shows the president continues to be mired in low approval numbers. From job approval (44% approve, 53% disapprove) to his executive order on immigration (47% approve, 53% oppose).


Additionally, he compares unfavorably to his predecessors in terms of approval at this point in a presidential term.


More from CNN:

Trump's tweet seemed to be motivated by a Monday morning segment on CNN's "New Day." (The president frequently watches cable news in the morning.)

At 6:31 a.m. ET, CNN political director David Chalian showed CNN/ORC's latest poll results, starting with 44% approval and 53% disapproval of Trump's job performance.

Then he said, "What about that travel ban policy? How's the country reacting to that? A majority are opposed. Slim majority. 53% of Americans oppose the travel ban, 47% in favor."

Trump's tweet provoked widespread criticism on Monday morning. "This is bizarre behavior. Something is not right," Joaquin Castro, a Democratic congressman from Texas, responded.

Another vocal Trump critic, the activist Deray McKesson, tweeted, "'Negative news = fake news' is the beginning of tyranny."

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