Trump Defends Son's Meeting With Russian Lawyer1:20
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has insisted again that there was “no Russian collusion in our winning campaign” in the wake of his son’s admission to seeking Kremlin-dug political dirt.
The embattled president returned to his stock attack on “fake news” in defending Donald Trump Jr, who disclosed last week that he took a meeting with a Moscow surrogate peddling damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the campaign, reports the New York Post.
“Hillary Clinton (sic) can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media,” the president tweeted.
Despite his son’s stunning revelations and crystal clear email chain, Mr Trump called the whole matter a product of “fraudulent reporting.”
“With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country,” Mr Trump tweeted.
Mr Trump’s approval ratings have fallen during his first six months in the White House and is the lowest of any chief executive since Gerald Ford in 1975, according to a poll released on Sunday.
Only 36 per cent of Americans approve of Mr Trump’s job performance, a six per cent slide since his administration hit the 100-day mark in April, a Washington Post/ABC News poll showed.
His disapproval rating hit 58 per cent – an increase of five percentage points.
President Ford’s approval rating after six months was at 39 per cent in February 1975.
Mr Trump wasted little time on Sunday to take to Twitter and blast the poll for being inaccurate.
He was referring to the survey from last November that showed Hillary Clinton up by 49 per cent to 46 per cent.
Mr Trump won the electoral college, but Ms Clinton took the popular vote by a 48 per cent to 46 per cent margin.
He is bedevilled by the Russian investigation, including his son’s involvement, his relationship with President Vladimir Putin and his controversial encounters with world leaders during his overseas visits.
Asked about US leadership on the world stage under Mr Trump, 48 per cent said it has gotten “weaker,” 27 per cent said it is “stronger” and 23 per cent said it is the “same.”
Sixty-six per cent of those surveyed said they don’t trust him to negotiate with world leaders or with Mr Putin, who the US intelligence community said directed the hacking into the 2016 presidential election.
On that matter, 60 per cent of Americans think Russia tried to influence the election – up from 56 per cent in April – and 67 per cent think Mr Trump campaign members “intentionally” helped Russia meddle – down from 71 per cent since April.