Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Trump picks lawyer Ty Cobb to handle Russia probe

Trump picks lawyer Ty Cobb to handle Russia probe

Donald Trump's approval rating has reached a historic new low in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, with nearly half of Americans believing the country to be weaker since he took office. Again, this is the worst approval rating at this time for any president in 70 years.

The presidential approval poll surveyed adults in those "Trump counties" that either flipped from former President Barack Obama or where Trump trumped Mitt Romney's 2012 performance.

However, In Trump's case, the disapproval rate accelerated quite rapidly because Trump's unpopularity comes just after six months of his presidency at the lowest as compared to Barrack Obama, whose disapproval went least in his sixth year of Presidency.

Only 36 percent of Americans approve of Trump's job performance, down 6 points from his 100-day mark, which itself was a low.

Political opponents see the email revelations as the most concrete evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the election. An Iowa news director emailed CNN's Brian Stelter last week and said conservatives in his state were "extremely angry" at the press because they think the legacy media are using Russian Federation stories to "oust" Trump.

And on a broader global scale, two-thirds of respondents don't trust Trump to competently negotiate with world leaders.

Healthcare was also a contentious point, with 50% wanting him to keep Obamacare and not make changes.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

It later emerged that an ex-Russian "spy" was also present, information that was not disclosed by Donald Trump Jr.

Almost half of respondents (48%) believe USA leadership has gotten weaker under Trump, compared to 27% who say it's gotten stronger.

Sixty-three percent of Americans polled thought Donald Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer was inappropriate, according to ABC News.

Fifty-five percent said they don't think Trump is making significant progress on his campaign goals, and two-thirds said they don't trust Trump to negotiate with foreign leaders.

The poll will likely have Republicans scrambling and worrying about the 2018 midterm elections in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Half those polls says the American leadership has grown weaker under Trump.

On one key issue in the debate over the Republican plan, the public by 63 to 27 percent says it is more important for the government to provide health coverage to low-income people rather than cutting taxes. Fifty-two percent said all Democrats are focused on is opposing Trump.

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