Trump Teases 'Major Statement,' Touts 46 Percent Approval Rating Ahead of US Return

| NOV 14, 2017 | 2:59 PM

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President Donald Trump fired off a lengthy string of tweets late Monday night into early Tuesday morning, ahead of his return to the United States on Tuesday following his 12-day trip to Asia.

During the Twitter-storm, Trump weighed in on Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) return to the Senate after being assaulted by his neighbor, touted that his trip will help future U.S. trade deals, boasted about making “many good friends” during his time away from the U.S., teased a “major statement” upon his return, and trumpeted a 46 percent job approval rating.

Trump first said he's “excited” for the House to pass a “great” tax bill. He will be heading to Capitol Hill on Thursday to make a final pitch to House Republicans regarding tax reform:

The president then commented on Paul's return to work after a mysterious altercation with a long-time neighbor left him with six broken ribs:

As his 12-day Asia trip winds down, the president expects to see major impacts on trade moving forward: 

Trump, who visited with world leaders from Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines during his Asian trip, said he made “many good friends!” while also stressing trade.

He also teased some future programming, saying he'll make a “major statement” when he returns home. Trump has made a habit of hinting at announcements and moves before they're made. In October, the president made headlines after warning the press about the “calm before the storm.”

Finally, the president posted a custom graphic lauding his 46 percent approval rating in the latest Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Trump bragged about reaching 50 percent approval back in June, but since then he hasn't been able to climb above 47 percent.

According to Gallup, Trump's approval rating sits at 38 percent. For historical context, former President Barack Obama enjoyed a 57 percent approval rating at the same point in his first term in the White House. Ronald Reagan's approval was also in the high 40s to early 50s near the end of his first year.