President Donald Trump called out the mainstream media Sunday morning for saying he has low approval ratings, and said viewers should not watch pundits who put out “fake news.”
“Rasmussen and others have my approval ratings at around 50%, which is higher than Obama, and yet the political pundits love saying my approval ratings are ‘somewhat low,’ ” Trump tweeted.
“They know they are lying when they say it. Turn off the show – FAKE NEWS!”
Rasmussen and others have my approval ratings at around 50%, which is higher than Obama, and yet the political pundits love saying my approval ratings are “somewhat low.” They know they are lying when they say it. Turn off the show – FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 44 percent of likely U.S. voters approve of President Trump’s job performance, while 54 percent disapprove.
Marist also has Trump with a 44 percent approval rating, while Quinnipiac and Gallup have 38 and 39 percent approval ratings.
But some polls are just drastically different as a result of oversampling. A late February Rasmussen poll had Trump with a 50 percent approval rating among likely voters, while the same survey conducted by CNN gave the president only a 35 percent approval rating.
Trump’s announcement that he will impose tariffs (taxes) on imported steel and aluminum was met with criticism, even by members of his own party, and likely contributed to his approval ratings slide to begin the month.
The European Union, among others, has threatened to retaliate against the tariffs.
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said they would impose duties on peanut butter, cranberries, and orange juice if Trump does not back down. She also said Brussels would take the U.S. tariff case to the World Trade Organization and would work with other trade partners.