Trump back on offensive after brief respite in Paris and on the links

  • Sunday 16, July 2017 in 9:15 PM
  • President Donald Trump  and First Lady Melania Trump
Sharjah 24 - AFP: US President Donald Trump, fresh from a political holiday in Paris, went back on the offensive Sunday as a new poll showed his popularity dropping amid doubts about Russian meddling and deepening frustrations over stalled health-care legislation and other issues.

In a tweet early Sunday, Trump used some of his toughest language against a favored target, the press. "With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!" it read.

At the same time, Trump sent one of his private lawyers, Jay Sekulow, onto no fewer than five Sunday talk shows to argue that there was nothing illegal about son Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last year with a Russian attorney following a promise of damaging information on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

"What took place at the meeting ... is not a violation of any law, statute or code," Sekulow told an NBC interviewer. He also repeated an earlier assurance that Trump is not the subject of any current investigation over Russian meddling in the US election.

The concerted pushback came as a Washington Post-ABC News poll near the six-month point in Trump's administration showed him facing significantly declining approval ratings, down from 42 percent in April to 36 percent today.

Similarly, the president's disapproval rating has jumped five points to 58 percent, according to the survey of 1,001 adults.

Trump responded to the survey in a tweet, saying: "The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!"