THE OUT­COME OF TRUMP’S STEEL-CLAD TAC­TICS

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

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.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Trump’s ap­proval rat­ings have hit 50 per­cent, says a new Ras­mussen Re­ports poll. On In­au­gu­ra­tion Day they were at 59.

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