President Donald Trump will leave the White House this week with the lowest approval rating of his presidency, with just 34 percent of Americans supporting the job he has done, a Gallup poll showed Monday.
Gallup noted that Trump’s average approval rating during his one-term presidency was 41 percent, four points lower than any of his predecessors since the polling group has been gathering data.
Trump’s job approval had dipped to 35 percent in previous polls, most notably after he failing to condemn a violent gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
The last poll of the Trump presidency was taken on the week of January 4-11, which covered the storming of the US Capitol building by Trump supporters trying to overturn the certification of the election won by Joe Biden, whose victory Trump has consistently denied.
His all-time high rating was in early 2020, when he was facing an impeachment in the Senate on charges of trying to push Ukraine into helping him smear Biden.
It also remained so during the early stages of the pandemic, when Americans believed he was responding well to the virus that has now killed 398,000 people in the country.
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The FBI is vetting every one 25,000 National Guard troops deployed to Washington DC for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration amid fears of a possible “insider attack” on the day.
The massive background check reflects the extraordinary security concerns gripping the US following deadly riots by Trump supporters.
“We haven’t done these kinds of background checks in the past because there has been an assumption that our troops are loyal to the United States, but now we’re suddenly seeing a reckoning,” political analyst Norman Ornstein told Sunrise.
“There could be white supremacists among our troops and our police forces and now we have to take extra care following the shocking insurrection attack on the Capitol on January 6.”
Biden is set to be inaugurated on Wednesday (Thursday morning AEST) in front of a reduced size crowd due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Courtesy – AFP