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Gallup: Trump's approval rating climbs to 40 percent

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE’s approval rating ticked up slightly this past week, according to the latest Gallup poll, which pegged it at 40 percent.

The rating released Monday, covering polling from Dec. 16-22, is 2 points higher than the previous week, which was tied for the lowest since last February.

The poll surveyed 1,500 adults nationwide and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Trump's lowest point ever in Gallup polling was 35 percent.

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Fifty-five percent of respondents disapprove of Trump’s job performance in the most recent poll, which comes at the end of a tumultuous week for Trump.

He announced the removal of all U.S. troops from Syria and is reportedly planning a major reduction in the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Differences on policy with the Pentagon led to Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Biden under pressure to remove Trump transgender military ban quickly Progressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties MORE resigning, effective the end of February, but he was ultimately pushed out two months early by Trump, who was allegedly furious over the coverage of Mattis’s departure.

Trump’s demand for $5 billion in funding for a border wall resulted in a partial government shutdown beginning Saturday that shows no signs of abating.

In addition, the stock market crumbled. Markets are on track to have their worst December since 1931, at the height of the Great Depression. Trump has been taking swipes at Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, and rumors are swirling that Powell will be fired.

Trump closely follows his approval ratings in the polls, often tweeting about results he finds favorable, and lashing out at results he disagrees with.

Updated at 1:53 p.m. on Wednesday