THE OUTCOME OF TRUMP’S STEEL-CLAD TACTICS
Half the nation’s voters now approve of President Trump according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll which finds that, indeed, 50 percent of likely U.S. voters applaud his job performance. It is the first time Mr. Trump’s ratings have been in the 50s in almost a month, the pollster says, noting that his positive numbers have ranged as high as 59 percent since Inauguration Day.
This new bump in approval follows Mr. Trump’s steadfast, steelclad appearances on the global stage as he dealt with both Syria and North Korea in recent days. He made his point without chatty media appearances and carefully worded talking points.
Mr. Trump still favors no-frills tactics.
Will there be a U.S. military strike against North Korea? That is what Fox News correspondent Ainsley Earhardt asks Mr. Trump in an interview which airs on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday.
“I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking. I’m not like other administrations, where they say, ‘We’re going to do this in four weeks.’ It doesn’t work that way,” Mr. Trump replied. “We’ll see what happens. I hope things work out well. I hope there’s going to be peace. But they’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time.”
They? Mr. Trump was referring to both the Clinton and Obama administrations.
“Everybody has been outplayed. They’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman, and we’ll see what happens. I just don’t telegraph my moves,” the president advised.
Mr. Trump does offer terse insight when necessary, however. Asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta on Monday if he had a message for North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, the president simply replied, “He’s gotta behave.”
President Trump’s approval ratings have hit 50 percent, says a new Rasmussen Reports poll. On Inauguration Day they were at 59.