Trump's approval rating just reached its highest level yet in the gold standard of presidential indicators

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  • President Donald Trump's approval rating is at an all-time high of 45% in the Gallup weekly tracking poll.
  • And his disapproval rating has hit a near-low of 50%.
  • His current approval rating at his point in his presidency lines up with the ratings of other presidents at similar points in their first terms. 
  • His new spike in approval could take a hit due to the backlash against the administration's controversial policy that has led to separating families at the border. 

President Donald Trump's approval rating has reached an all-time high of 45% in a Gallup poll released on Sunday. 

Gallup, considered the gold standard of gauging approval ratings, polls a representative sample size of 1,500 Americans by telephone every week, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points. 

Trump's disapproval rating is currently at 50%, the second-lowest point it's been since the very beginning of his first term in January 2017. His disapproval ratings have been as high as 60% in previous months.

Trump's current approval rating 513 days into his presidency is on par with the approval ratings of other presidents at similar points in their first terms. President Barack Obama's approval rating was 45% at day 523 of his presidency, and former President Bill Clinton held 44% approval on day 524.   

Data analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver theorized that Trump's sudden spike in approval ratings this week is most likely due to the positive reaction among Republicans to the summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Silver said that temporary increase would disappear in the coming weeks, as the Trump administration faces mounting backlash from Democrats and Republicans alike over it's controversial "zero-tolerance" policy that has led to the separation of parents and children at the US border. 

A Quinnipiac University poll from Monday found that Americans oppose the border separation policy 66% to 27%. The majority of Republicans support it, but by a narrow margin of 55% to 35%. 



DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defends separation of families at the border

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stuck to talking points on Monday even as she was bombarded with criticisms of the Trump administration’s family separation policy. 

Nielsen faced reporters’ questions at the White House press briefing Monday regarding President Donald Trump’s  “zero tolerance” crackdown on illegal immigration that has resulted in thousands of children being taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security secretary refused to budge from her script, even as a reporter asked, “How is this not child abuse?” 

“Be more specific, please,” Nielsen said.

Nielsen deflected the question by claiming that accounts about the children being detained were being “conflated” with those of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who are taken into custody at the border. 

The briefing room felt animated as Nielsen faced the press. Reporters shouted questions and engaged in debates over semantics with Nielsen. At least one reporter played audio, published earlier Monday by ProPublica, of children in a U.S. Border Patrol facility crying for their families.

There have been 1,995 children taken from 1,940 adults at the border from April 19 to May 31, The Associated Press reported.

Reporters repeatedly asked whether the children were being used as “pawns” in an attempt to advance Trump’s legislative agenda on immigration. 

Nielsen pushed back by accusing Congress of being at fault for refusing to close “loopholes” and claiming children are being used as pawns by traffickers. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also tried to divert blame onto legislators when asked similar questions at the Monday briefing. 

Both officials pushed a debunked idea that the family separation policy is the law.

“It’s a law passed by the United States Congress,” Nielsen falsely said in response to a reporter. “Rather than fixing the law, Congress is asking those of us who enforce the law to turn our backs on the law and not enforce the law. That’s not an answer.”

There is no law requiring immigrant families to be separated. This practice is a choice put in place by the Trump administration and can be reversed by the president.  

Trump’s administration has made it a priority to seek criminal charges against those caught crossing the border illegally. Though former presidents Barack Obama and George Bush put unaccompanied minors at the border into government custody, they typically did not pursue family separation



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