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Trump Gives Himself A High Grade For 'Achievement'

| by Robert Fowler

President Donald Trump gave himself a high grade for effort but low marks for messaging following his first month in office in an interview on "Fox & Friends."

His remarks arrive after polarizing poll results on his job performance and hours before his address to a joint session of Congress.

On Feb. 28, Trump asserted that he had not adequately explained his accomplishments during the first month of his presidency to the American people.

"In terms of achievement, I think I'd give myself an A," Trump told Fox News. "Because I think I've done great things -- I and my people. I don't think we've explained it well enough to the American public."

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The president added that he would give himself an A for what he's "actually done," but a C or a C+ in terms of his messaging.

Trump's grading of himself follows mixed polling for his first month in office. On Feb. 26, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that 44 percent of respondents approved of the president's job performance, while 48 percent disapproved.

The net negative result marks Trump's first month as the most polarizing in modern polling, Politico reports.

On Feb. 28, a Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe Trump is following through on his campaign promises, and 66 percent believe he has met expectations.

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During his first address before the joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, Trump is expected to emphasize that he follows through on his campaign pledges.

Communications strategist Jason Miller, who had worked on the Trump campaign, asserts the White House message is that the Trump administration has been productive.

"They might not agree with everything you do, but people will respect you for doing what you said you were going to do," Miller told The New York Times. "He's doing something first, and there's time for talk later."

Democratic lawmakers have blasted this message by asserting that Trump's first month in office has not been productive, but that it has instead been chaotic.

On Feb. 28 before Trump's address to Congress, the Senate Minority Leader, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, told reporters that the president had done nothing to follow through on his populist message on the campaign trail, The Hill reports.

"Tonight's speech from the president will be far less important than past presidential addresses for one very simple reason: This president has shown ... that there is a yawning gap between what he says and what his administration actually does for working Americans," Schumer said.

Sources: Fox News, The HillThe New York TimesPolitico (2) / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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