Poll: Trump trip not helping approval rating

President Trump's job approval rating has remained steady since he left last week for his first trip overseas, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

The poll, tracking from Sunday through Tuesday, finds Trump has a job approval rating of 39 percent.

That number is about the same as the 38 percent he has averaged in the previous two weeks, with 56 percent disapproving of his job performance.


The results for the three-day rolling average were conducted from May 21 to 23 among 1,526 adults. The margin of error is 3 percent.

The president was facing a series of controversies when he left last week for his first foreign trip. While abroad, he has made stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican.

Before leaving for his trip, reports surfaced that Trump shared classified intelligence with Russian officials and had asked former FBI Director James Comey to end a federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Last week, the Justice Department named a special counsel to lead the probe in the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. Trump has since decried the investigation as a "witch hunt."

In Jerusalem, Trump expressed hope for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. In Saudi Arabia, the president urged Muslim nations to form a coalition to defeat extremism.