Even the polling firm run by Scott Rasmussen, who’s been accused of statistical bias on behalf of Republicans, has Donald Trump’s approval rating under 40 percent. Barack Obama never went that low. The latest figures for Trump include 23 percent who strongly approve of Trump’s performance and 49 percent who strongly disapprove. A new poll also surveys who’s to blame finding that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters think Trump is his own worst political enemy. In distant second is the national media, cited as his worst enemy by 25%.
As expected, Trump is burning through staff faster than a brush fire. Expect more. There’s a legitimate burnout factor in government. Then there’s the Trump burnout factor for a variety of reasons. It happens when a president tries to be king. And chief strategist. And chief of staff. And chief Tweeter. And chief this and that. Then he throws staff under the bus for things he caused.
I worked for Trump for nearly four years. It had its moments, but for the most part the relationship was sanguine. His approach can work out in business. It does not in government. He has not delivered on what he framed as three slam-dunk promises: the wall, healthcare and immigration. There’s still time, but it may come down to small victories that he rhetorically declares as major.
John Kelly is now chief of staff. Trump likes generals. They are chain-of-command oriented. They listen to orders. They also give them to underlings. Kelly will have some latitude … for a while anyway. Former National Security adviser Michael Flynn was a general too. We saw what happened there. Kelly’s patience level will be tested.
Barring a transformational event such as war with North Korea, what you see is what you get with this president, a cacophony of chaos, confusion and cackling. He’s rationalized that people knew what they were getting. A lot of this stuff would be background noise if the self-proclaimed dealmaker got stuff done.
The ominous white whale for Trump? At some point special counsel Robert Mueller’s gonna charge people. Liars tend to surface in this kind of process even in the defensive attempt to protect someone, if not themselves.
President Trump has met the enemy, and it’s himself.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters think Trump is his own worst political enemy. In distant second is the national media, cited as his worst enemy by 25%.
Just 14% believe Democrats are the Republican president’s chief political foe, while five percent (5%) blame other Republicans. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
See full report here.