Approval Ratings, Putin Meeting, Russian Interference, and Trump Tweets

Vladimir Putin

President Trump’s highly anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin has produced its first positive result – in the American President’s approval ratings.

Returning home from his overseas trip, poll results suggested a slight climb in Trump’s approval ratings. The poll shows a two percent jump – from 37 to 39 percent of Americans approving of Mr. Trump’s job performance. Overall, the approval of the 45th U.S. President still ranks historically low.

Ironically, the president’s disapproval rating only dropped one percentage point, highlighting the margin of error for both polls.

The supposed cause for the small, but valuable jump in approval is Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It seems many shared the feeling that the meeting took a lengthy time to come to fruition.

During the meeting Trump “seemed presidential” as deemed CNN’s David Gergen. “We may agree or disagree with the particulars, but we want our president to show leadership and be at a presidential level, and I thought we saw more of that today. I think we should be encouraged by that.”

Trump drew criticism when he reportedly told Putin it was an honor to “meet the individual who carried out the assault on our election.”

Former CIA Director John Brennan said he thought it was “a dishonorable thing to say.”

Regardless of the President’s performance ratings, First Lady Melania Trump’s ratings are up, way up. In fact, more than 50 percent of U.S. voters have a favorable view. This number is up by over 16 points from less than a year ago.

As the First Lady’s popularity ratings continue to rise above hose of her husband’s, the family’s connections to the Kremlin are coming under more pressure since reports now claim that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer with connections to the Kremlin during the presidential campaign in hopes of obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Possibly even more controversial is Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will work with Russia to end election hacking. When Marco Rubio heard the statement he had this to tweet:

Marco Rubio  @marcorubio

Partnering with Putin on a “Cyber Security Unit” is akin to partnering with Assad on a “Chemical Weapons Unit”. 2/3

The President fired back at critics via what else? Trump tweets:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t-but a ceasefire can,& did!

Across both parties, the move to collaborate with Russia has garnered harsh criticism and judgement. The world will have to wait (but not likely for long) to see how POTUS responds.

As for the moment, the new banter from Democrats and Republicans alike involves Trump calling the next ceasefire with Twitter.

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