Trump Faces Pressures of 100-Day Mark

Gallup has him as the least popular president in polling history.

Karyn Bruggeman
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Karyn Bruggeman
April 21, 2017, 11:23 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump “av­er­aged 41% job ap­prov­al dur­ing his first quarter as pres­id­ent, 14 per­cent­age points lower than any oth­er pres­id­ent in Gal­lup’s polling his­tory. Bill Clin­ton had the pre­vi­ous low mark of 55%. The av­er­age first-quarter rat­ing among post-World War II pres­id­ents elec­ted to their first term is 61%, with John Kennedy’s 74% the highest.” (re­lease)

100 DAY MARK LOOMS. The Trump White House is look­ing to avoid a gov­ern­ment shut­down right around the 100 day mark of his pres­id­ency. “The White House, un­der in­tern­al pres­sure to show le­gis­lat­ive achieve­ments ahead of the 100-day mark, is gear­ing up for a gov­ern­ment shut­down fight to se­cure money for a bor­der wall, more im­mig­ra­tion en­force­ment of­ficers and a big­ger mil­it­ary. … Of­fi­cials could also strike a one-week com­prom­ise, giv­ing them more time for a broad­er agree­ment.” (Politico)

Trump is also “push­ing Con­gress to­ward an­oth­er dra­mat­ic show­down over the Af­ford­able Care Act, des­pite big out­stand­ing obstacles to a be­lea­guered re­vi­sion plan and a high-stakes dead­line next week to keep the gov­ern­ment run­ning. …The ef­fort re­flects Trump’s sense of ur­gency to score a vic­tory on Obama­care re­place­ment and move on to oth­er le­gis­lat­ive ob­ject­ives, not­ably tax re­struc­tur­ing. Passing an Af­ford­able Care Act re­vi­sion would also al­low the pres­id­ent to show pro­gress to­ward a ma­jor cam­paign prom­ise as he com­pletes his first 100 days in of­fice.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

RUS­SIA IN­VEST­IG­A­TION. Mary Mc­Cord, the “wo­man lead­ing the Justice De­part­ment’s in­vest­ig­a­tion of for­eign med­dling in­to the 2016 elec­tion and pos­sible ties between the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sia has told staff mem­bers she will leave the de­part­ment in May.” (NPR)

“US au­thor­it­ies have pre­pared charges to seek the ar­rest of WikiLeaks founder Ju­li­an As­sange…The Justice De­part­ment in­vest­ig­a­tion of As­sange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide at­ten­tion for post­ing thou­sands of files stolen by the former US Army in­tel­li­gence ana­lyst now known as Chelsea Man­ning. …US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have also de­term­ined that Rus­si­an in­tel­li­gence used WikiLeaks to pub­lish emails aimed at un­der­min­ing the cam­paign of Hil­lary Clin­ton, as part of a broad­er op­er­a­tion to meddle in the US 2016 pres­id­en­tial elec­tion.” (CNN)

TRUMP FAM­ILY BUSI­NESS. Out of eth­ics con­cerns, Ivanka Trump won’t pro­mote her new book and will donate all pro­ceeds to char­ity. (The Hill)

“China is de­fend­ing its hand­ling of trade­mark ap­plic­a­tions from … Ivanka and her com­pany, say­ing that all such re­quests are handled fairly.” (Los Angeles Times)

FRENCH ELEC­TION. “Trump weighed in on French polit­ics on Fri­day, as­sert­ing on Twit­ter that ‘an­oth­er ter­ror­ist at­tack’ in Par­is would ‘have a big ef­fect on the pres­id­en­tial elec­tion!’” The tweet was “re­fer­ring to a deadly shootout on the Champs-Elysees, Par­is’s most fam­ous av­en­ue, on Thursday night that claimed the life of a po­lice of­ficer.”

Mar­ine Le Pen, “one of the lead­ing can­did­ates in the race, has echoed many of Trump’s cam­paign themes, in­clud­ing dire warn­ings that her coun­try is los­ing its iden­tity,” but Trump didn’t ad­voc­ate for her by name. (Wash­ing­ton Post)

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