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TRUMP: 'Any negative polls are fake news'

February 06,2017 18:20

Donald Trump Melania President Donald Trump at the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday. REUTERS/Carlos Barria. President Donald Trump blasted negative polls as "fake news" in a series of tweets ...and more »



President
Donald Trump at the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at his Mar-a-Lago
club in Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Donald Trump blasted negative polls as "fake news" in a
series of tweets Monday morning, also accusing what he called the
"FAKE NEWS media" of lying.

"Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC
polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and
extreme vetting," Trump
tweeted.

Trump won the presidential election despite many professional
polls predicting a Hillary Clinton victory.

A recent CNN poll found that
Trump had the lowest approval rating in recent history for a
new president, with 53% of respondents saying they disapproved of
the way Trump was handling his job.

Just 44% approved of the job he was doing two weeks into his
presidency, according to the poll, 7 points below the previous
low for presidents measured in the survey. Trump is the only
president in recent history to hold a net-negative rating at this
point in his tenure.

Additionally, the CNN poll suggested that Trump's actions aimed
at national security had not been well received by Americans:
53% of respondents opposed the executive order Trump signed
that temporarily bans travel to the US for citizens of seven
majority-Muslim countries.

46%, a plurality, thought it made the US "less safe" from
terrorism.

A majority, 55%, viewed it as "an attempt to ban Muslims"
from entering the US.

60% opposed building a wall along the US-Mexico border. Trump
signed an executive order last week to begin formulating a plan
for the wall's construction.

In mid-January, before his inauguration, the
then-president-elect dismissed his low approval ratings as
"rigged."

The president also said in a separate tweet Monday morning that
he used data to "call my own shots" and accused what he termed
the "FAKE NEWS media" of lying.

"I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data,
and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to
marginalize, lies!" Trump
tweeted.

Brett LoGiurato contributed reporting to this story.

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