US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, May 19, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
US President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has hit the lowest level since his inauguration in late January, a new poll shows.
The Reuters/Ipsos survey released on Friday showed that only 38 percent of American voters approved of Trump’s performance while 56 percent disapproved. The remainder of the participants said they had “mixed feelings.”
The poll was conducted after Trump rocked the White House by suddenly firing former FBI director James Comey last week.
The move was widely seen as a possible “obstruction of justice” by Trump since Comey was overseeing an ongoing FBI investigation into his team’s possible ties with Russia during last year’s presidential election.
The PR nightmare for Trump continued after a Washington Post report accused the new Republican president of sharing highly sensitive information about Daesh (ISIL) terror group with a Russian delegation to the White House headed by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice assigned former head of the FBI Robert Mueller as special counsel to continue the investigation into Trump’s alleged collusion with the Kremlin.
Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who said the assignment was meant “to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election” including Trump.
The embattled president, however, condemned the probe once again on Thursday and dismissed it as the “greatest witch hunt” in the US history.
According to Gallup, Trump’s approval rating 115 days into his presidency was the lowest among the last four US presidents.
Data by the pollster’s Presidential Job Approval Center showed that Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had an approval rating of 64 percent at this point in his presidency.
The number stood at 56 percent for his Republican predecessor George W. Bush. For Democratic Bill Clinton, the number fell to 45 percent.
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