A new poll finds most Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s overall performance two months into his term. But they’re more upbeat about his handling of the economy.
Nearly six in 10 Americans disapprove of Trump’s overall performance, according to the poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey was taken amid the collapse of the Republicans’ health-care overhaul last week. But it found that Americans split about evenly when it came to Trump’s efforts on the economy, with 50% approving and 48% disapproving. The poll of 1,110 adults was taken March 23-27 and had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
Trump on Flynn: Ask for immunity: Trump said in a tweet Friday morning that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn should ask for immunity if he testifies about the Trump campaign’s potential ties with Russia, since the inquiry is a “witch hunt” by Democrats and the media. The Wall Street Journal reported Flynn has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution. Here’s Trump’s tweet:
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017
Wealthy New Yorkers would benefit under Trump tax plan: Nearly all of New York City’s millionaires would receive big tax cuts under Trump’s proposed tax overhaul, but more than a third of moderate- and middle-income families would face increases, according to a report by the city’s government. Reuters writes City Comptroller Scott Stringer said the plan Trump proposed during the campaign would give more than $5 billion of tax cuts to city dwellers. But almost two-thirds of that would go to those earning more than $500,000.
What Trump has said about China: Trump tweeted Thursday night he expects the meeting next week with Chinese President Xi Jinping to be “very difficult.” A piece in Politico has some examples of what Trump has said about China, including his statement in May of last year that the U.S. can’t allow China to continue to “rape” the country of its jobs. He has also said he was “not liking” the interactions between China and North Korea. Here’s what Trump tweeted:
The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
Also read: China, U.S. set to lock horns over trade next week in bilateral summit.
Democrats to watch in Gorsuch showdown: Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch needs 60 votes in the Senate to avoid a filibuster backed by most Democrats, meaning Republicans need to pick off eight members of the minority. The Hill has a list of Democrats to watch in the showdown, including Dianne Feinstein of California and Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Two centrist Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, said late Thursday they would vote for Gorsuch. Both Manchin and Heitkamp face re-election next year in states that Trump carried by large margins.