Trump looming over midterms 'like a dark cloud,' says ex-Obama strategist

Former Obama campaign strategist Joel Benenson said on Thursday that Republicans are worried about President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE's role in the upcoming midterm elections given his low approval numbers. 

"He's got an election eight weeks out where I think the Republicans know they're on perilous turf right now, and I think it's because largely because he's looming over this like a dark cloud," Benenson told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

President Trump's average approval rating is sitting at around 40 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics Average, while his average disapproval rating sits at around 53 percent. 

However, the president continues to poll well with his base. 

Ninety percent of Republicans said they approved of Trump's job, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released late last month.

"I think Donald Trump cares about himself first and foremost, and he's very satisfied to play to his base," Benenson said. 

"Unfortunately that doesn't get you to a majority of Americans," he continued. 

Benenson's comments come as Trump hits the campaign trail for Republican candidates ahead of November's midterms. 

An NPR/Marist poll released on Wednesday showed Democrats with a 12-point lead over Republicans on the generic congressional ballot. 

— Julia Manchester