Polling indicates that a majority of Americans do not have confidence that President Donald Trump would be able to competently manage a global crisis.
On Oct. 3, a national survey conducted by PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll found that 58 percent of national adults did not trust Trump to lead the U.S. through an international crisis. Additionally, 65 percent of national adults said that the country was heading in the wrong direction, PBS NewsHour reports.
The survey also found that 37 percent of respondents approved of Trump's job performance, while 57 percent said that they had an unfavorable impression of him.
On Oct. 1, Trump drew controversy when he appeared to undermine Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on U.S. diplomacy with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, according to The Hill.
Tillerson had disclosed that the State Department had established direct communication with the Kim regime to potentially negotiate a drawdown of its nuclear program: "We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang," said Tillerson.
Trump took to social media to dismiss the State Department's efforts to open up dialogue with North Korea and ridiculed Kim as "Rocket Man."
"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man ... Save your energy, Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" Trump tweeted out.
On Oct. 4, a dozen current and former senior Trump administration officials who requested anonymity disclosed that Tillerson was frequently frustrated by Trump's handling of foreign affairs and had threatened to resign in July, NBC News reports.
On July 20, Tillerson allegedly told Cabinet officials and members of the White House national security team that he thought the president was a "moron."
State Department spokesperson R.C. Hammond denied that Tillerson had ever questioned Trump's intelligence.
Following the report, Tillerson released a statement asserting that he never considered resigning from his post, Fox News reports.
"There's never been a consideration in my mind ... My commitment to the success of our president and our country is as strong as it was the day I accepted his offer to serve as secretary of state," Tillerson said during a hastily scheduled Oct. 4 press conference.
Meanwhile, Trump tweeted out that he believed NBC News "should issue an apology to AMERICA!"
Tillerson did not directly refute reports that he called the president a moron.
RealClearPolitics, after aggregating 11 national surveys released between Sept. 24 and Oct. 3, found that Trump had an average approval rating of 39 percent and an average disapproval rating of 55 percent.