Trump approval rating increases following Republican tax overhaul

With the White House and North Korea's tentative agreement for President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to meet, Americans' concerns about the threat from North Korea have abated and Trump's approval ratings for handling the situation there have risen, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. Approval is up 7 points overall since February, including 6-point increases among Republicans (from 80% to 86% now) and independents (from 35% to 41% now).

Daniels detailed her alleged affair with Trump during an interview that aired Sunday on "60 Minutes", while former Playboy model Karen McDougal shared her story late last week on CNN.

Almost two-thirds of Americans approve of Trump's decision to meet with Kim (62% approve, 31% disapprove) and the President's overall approval for handling the situation with North Korea has climbed from a November low of 35% to 43% now. But, as CNN notes, it is only 4 points behind Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan when compared to this point in their respective presidencies.

Amid Trump's twin sex scandals, most Americans polled, 63%, believe the women accusing Trump of extramarital affairs, while only 21% believe Trump. For example, 52 percent said they believe the president is a liar, 57 percent want to see his tax returns and 54 percent said Trump has not delivered on his promise to "Make America Great Again".

He gained some particular ground with Republicans and independents. Majorities say he can not bring the kind of change the country needs (52%) and that he won't unite the country (60%). Most also say Trump does not care about people like them (56%).

Trump's appointees to Cabinet and high-level government positions fare poorly in comparison to previous appointees on their qualifications for the job, ability to empathize with the public, willingness to use their positions for personal gain and to misuse taxpayer money.

Trump's Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Scott Pruitt and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson have both come under fire recently for frivolous spending in their departments.


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