President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE on Tuesday took to Twitter to tout his rising approval ratings, despite what he called “made up” stories about his administration and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“Can you believe that with all of the made up, unsourced stories I get from the Fake News Media, together with the $10,000,000 Russian Witch Hunt (there is no Collusion), I now have my best Poll Numbers in a year,” Trump tweeted.
“Much of the Media may be corrupt, but the People truly get it!” Trump added.
Can you believe that with all of the made up, unsourced stories I get from the Fake News Media, together with the $10,000,000 Russian Witch Hunt (there is no Collusion), I now have my best Poll Numbers in a year. Much of the Media may be corrupt, but the People truly get it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2018
A Gallup poll and an ABC poll published last month showed Trump enjoying his highest approval ratings in nearly a year. Gallup found 42 percent of voters approved of Trump, while ABC found 40 percent of respondents approve of the president's performance.
Fox News, one of the president's known news sources, published a story late Monday that indicated the RealClearPolitics average of Trump’s approval ratings was at its highest point since March 2017, with 43 percent of Americans giving him positive marks.
Trump touted his approval numbers while attacking two of his most common targets for criticism: the media and Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with Trump campaign officials.
Mueller, who has to report the expenses of his probe every six months, last reported his costs in December at nearly $7 million. The administration's latest budget projects Mueller will spend about $10 million per year and allocates another $10 million for fiscal 2019.
Thursday will mark one year since Mueller was appointed to lead the probe after Trump fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE.
Trump has also repeatedly railed against media outlets for publishing stories that are critical of his administration, dubbing such reports “fake news.”