Trump Job Approval Sinks Amid Family Separation Controversy

President Donald Trump’s job approval dropped this week amid growing outrage regarding the administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy, according to a new Gallup poll released on Monday.

Trump’s approval rating now clocks in at 41 percent after climbing back up to 45 percent last week, which represented the president’s highest point since his first month in office.

His disapproval rating also took a hit, jumping 5 percentage points back up to 55 percent, according to the poll.

The president’s approval among Americans had been steadily climbing since late May thanks to a humming economy, falling unemployment, and a historic summit with North Korea that seemingly left most Americans impressed. But the recent drop in support suggests the administration’s handling of the latest immigration crisis is not going over well with some Americans. 

Trump initially blamed Congress for the policy that resulted in families trying to enter the country illegally being separated at the border, but he ultimately signed an executive order ending the policy after significant pushback and criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. 

“We’re signing an executive order. I consider it to be a very important executive order. It’s about keeping families together, while at the same time being sure we have a very powerful very strong border and border security will be equal, if not greater than previously,” Trump said last week.

Congress will ultimately need to pass legislation in order to fully address the issue at the border, but with the current immigration bill being considered lacking substantial support even among Republicans, the possibility that a fix gets to the president’s desks remains unlikely. 

Trump has even expressed doubt about the bill’s prospects.

“Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” Trump tweeted. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”

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