President Donald Trump’s job approval rating plunged to the lowest level since he was inaugurated in a poll released Wednesday that also had 60 percent of U.S. voters questioning his ties to Russia.
The Washington Post reported that Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about a possible Islamic State plot using laptops brought aboard airplanes.
By a 2 to 1 margin in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, they said the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which was embraced by President Donald Trump, was a bad idea rather than a good idea. Among those polled, 48 percent of Americans said the legislation was a bad idea.
Just over 1 in 5 voters, 21 percent, supported the GOP bill, a slight increase over the 17 percent who backed the original measure in a March Quinnipiac poll. “The grim diagnosis from voters: Health care will cost more and deliver less,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.
Handing a political victory to President Donald Trump, House Republicans voted Thursday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with legislation that could leave 24 million more Americans without health care, including 500,000 in New Jersey. The vote reversed an embarrassing defeat in March when GOP leaders, who pledged for years to repeal President Barack Obama’s landmark legislation, failed to corral enough votes to pass their American Health Care Act.
President Donald Trump’s administration is going to review the five-year oil drilling plan that put the Atlantic Coast off limits, potentially reopening a fight that opponents thought they had won. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made the announcement at the White House in advance of Trump’s plans to issue an executive order on Friday that could amend the Interior Department’s 2017-2022 oil leasing plan approved under President Barack Obama
An ABC News/Washington Post survey released Sunday said 96 percent of Trump supporters remained in his camp, compared with 85 percent of Hillary Clinton backers who said they would still support their candidate. Even as Trump held onto his supporters, he remained unpopular among the larger electorate. He was the first president going back to Harry S. Truman with a negative job approval rating early in his administration, according to ABC/Post and Gallup polling.
“As tensions mount, President Trump is facing a critical test as Commander in Chief,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Instead of a rally ’round the flag effect, Americans are still looking for President Trump to provide leadership and more careful planning to arrive at sound policies.”
Like Garrett, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus of conservative lawmakers, Trump opposed the Export-Import Bank during the campaign. But he told the Wall Street Journal earlier in the week that he would support the bank.
As lawmakers seek to force Donald Trump to release his income tax returns, a majority of Americans indicated they believed the president has done something illegal or unethical. In a McClatchy-Marist survey asking about potential conflicts of interest between Trump’s business holdings and his duties as president, just 41 percent said he had done nothing wrong, while 53 percent said Trump has done something illegal or unethical.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, touring a refugee camp in the Middle East, called on the U.S. to do more to help those fleeing the Syrian civil war and address “a humanitarian crisis of a scale rarely witnessed in the last 50 years.”
Trump walked away with most, if not all, of Indiana’s 57 delegates, the biggest trove until the June 7 primaries, where New Jersey and California will go to the polls.