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Fresh off Thanksgiving weekend, President Trump referred to himself as “your favorite President” while returning to one of his favorite pastimes — upbraiding the news media.
On Monday morning, the president called for an undefined “contest” to determine which TV network covers him most unfairly. He tweeted that the winner of this hypothetical contest could be awarded a trophy for “fake news.” He said CNN, the cable-news channel he complains the most about, should be included in the mix.
Trump is only 10 months into his tenure and is unlikely to be most Americans’ favorite president at this point. And polls indicate that more Americans disapprove than approve of his job performance.
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm based in Raleigh, N.C., responded to his “your favorite president” tweet with its own data showing that ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post are trusted more than Trump.
Gallup, the Washington-based opinion poll company, found that 57 percent of Americans disapprove and 37 percent approve of Trump’s job performance as of Nov. 25.
FiveThirtyEight, a website dedicated to analyzing opinion polls, aggregated a trove of such surveys and reported similar numbers for Nov. 27 — 55.5 percent disapprove and 38.4 percent approve.
Nevertheless, any negative news or poll numbers are unlikely to stop Trump from projecting an aura of success and accomplishment, as he’s done since the peak years of his real estate career.
On the campaign trail, Trump demonstrated a penchant for touting positive polls while deriding negative polls as inaccurate.
In his Monday-morning tweets attacking the press, Trump also declared that “nobody cares” about the mainstream media, a topic he regularly tweets about. To make his case, he linked to an article by far-right Breitbart News attacking Joe Scarborough of “Morning Joe” for allegedly prerecording holiday banter for their post-Thanksgiving show.
“You care,” Scarborough replied. “Oh, how you care so much.”
Trump wrapped up his morning tweets with a few comments about the Republican tax reform bill on Capitol Hill.
Trump is scheduled to have lunch with members of the Senate Finance Committee at 12:30 p.m. Monday. If Congress passes the tax legislation and Trump signs it, the bill would be Trump’s only major legislative victory since taking office.
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