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Trump's Poll Numbers Bounce Back

| by Jordan Smith

A May 27 opinion poll from Gallup indicates that President Donald Trump is enjoying an upswing in his approval rating.

Gallup's survey showed 42 percent approving of Trump's performance in the White House, while 53 percent disapproved, AOL reported.

The survey was released over the Memorial Day weekend as Trump returned home from his first foreign trip. It was part of a rising trend in his ratings.

Rasmussen polls didn't paint such a rosy picture. On May 25, a Rasmussen survey placed Trump's approval rating at 48 percent, but by May 29 that figure had declined to 44 percent, Newsweek reported. According to an analysis of polling data by Fox News, white voters and voters without a college education, both groups which backed Trump in the 2016 election, are beginning to turn against the president.

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Trump's numbers according to Gallup have risen by 5 percentage points since he fired FBI Director James Comey earlier in May.

The increase in support in the Gallup poll coincided with Trump's first international trip, which White House officials described as having been positive.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer stated on May 30 that the trip to the Middle East and Europe had been "incredible" and "historic," resulting in "an extraordinary week for America and our people," according to the Boston Globe.

"In just nine days, the president traveled across Europe and the Middle East and interacted with nearly 100 foreign leaders," Spicer added. "It was an unprecedented first trip abroad, just four months into this administration, and it shows how quickly and decisively the president is acting to strengthen alliances, to form new partnerships, and to rebuild America's standing in the world."

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Others were less enthusiastic about Trump's trip.

John Negroponte, who was director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush, stated May 28 that Trump's meeting with other NATO leaders was a "disappointment," The Hill reported.

"He didn't come out with an absolute categorical commitment to the security of the NATO countries -- an attack on one is an attack on all under Article 5 of the NATO charter," Negroponte added. "So I think that was a disappointment. It was to me. I'm sure it was to the Europeans."

Trump said at the meeting that NATO members were not spending their fair share on defense and that this was unfair to U.S. taxpayers.

"I don't know if the president should have been as public in his chastising of the NATO members. There's a way to do it," added former Republican Sen. Al D'Amato of New York.

Sources: AOL, Newsweek, Boston Globe, The Hill / Photo credit: Italian G7 Presidency 2017/Wikimedia Commons

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