Trump: Turn off pundits who mention 'somewhat low' approval ratings

Trump: Turn off pundits who mention 'somewhat low' approval ratings
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE in a tweet on Sunday said viewers should not watch pundits who discuss his "somewhat low" approval ratings. 

“Rasmussen and others have my approval ratings at around 50%, which is higher than Obama, and yet the political pundits love saying my approval ratings are 'somewhat low,' " Trump tweeted. 

"They know they are lying when they say it. Turn off the show - FAKE NEWS!” 

Rasmussen Reports currently has Trump’s approval rating at 44 percent, while the majority of other major pollsters have Trump’s approval rating hovering between the high 30s and low 40s.

Rasmussen did have Trump’s approval rating at 50 percent or slightly below for most of February, but his ratings began to slide once again in March.


The president has hit political pundits before for attacking his low approval ratings and has often dismissed negative coverage and polls as “fake news.”

However, many Republicans fear that Trump’s low approval could hurt GOP candidates in the midterm elections this November.

Trump’s announcement that he will impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum have dominated the news cycle for much of this month. The tariffs have been widely criticized, even by members of the president’s own party.

Other countries have also threatened to retaliate against the tariffs, raising concerns that an escalation could result in a trade war.