A well-respected presidential historian has stated that President Donald Trump has experienced the worst start as Commander in Chief ever.
Douglas Brinkley was speaking to the Washington Post in the wake of testimony from FBI Director James Comey, who stated March 20 that an investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia is under way.
Comey also stated that there was no evidence to back up Trump's allegation that the administration of former President Barack Obama ordered Trump Tower to be wiretapped.
"His is the most failed first 100 days of any president," Brinkley told the Washington Post.
"To be as low as he is in the polls, in the 30s, while the FBI director is on television saying they launched an investigation into your ties with Russia, I don't know how it can get much worse," he added.
The findings from the latest Gallup poll reveal Trump's approval rating to be 39 percent.
Another poll carried out by the Saint Leo University Polling institute between March 3 and March 11 found that almost all of Trump's staff and cabinet members had a higher percentage of people who disapproved than approved of their work. Steve Bannon, Trump's chief adviser, had an approval rating of 36 percent, while Vice President Mike Pence scored 45.5 percent, according to Newsweek.
The lowest approval rating was for Betsy DeVos, who had approval from just 34.5 percent of the 1,073 people polled.
The only cabinet member to secure a positive approval rating was Defense Secretary James Mattis, who received 53.9 percent approval.
Others have sought to downplay the seriousness of Comey's statements and the poor poll numbers, saying instead that appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court takes priority.
"All that really matters this week is Gorsuch moving forward and the House passing step one of Obamacare repeal," Scott Reed, a Republican strategist, told the Washington Post. “All the rest is noise."
It was also pointed out that Trump retains strong support among his base. The president flew to Louisville March 20 to a rally of his supporters.
"There's just this massive distrust of Washington, and whether that's fair or not -- of Washington, of the intelligence community, of Congress, of the judicial branch -- it's just the reality outside of the Beltway," Republican strategist Austin Barbour said.
But Brinkley, who has written biographies of a number of past presidents, said the current situation was unprecedented.
"There's a smell of treason in the air," Brinkley added. "Imagine if J. Edgar Hoover or any other FBI director would have testified against a sitting president? It would have been a mind- boggling event."