While departing from the White House for a diplomatic mission to Japan, President Donald Trump spoke with the press. When asked for his thoughts on how the multiple investigations into his presidential administration, campaign, businesses and charitable foundation might affect his reelection chances in 2020, the President stated his approval poll numbers were great.
“My poll numbers are very good. I guess we have a 48 today. A 51. We have very good poll numbers considering.”
Then the President made a claim that his numbers would be much higher if not for the press.
“I have to tell you, if you people would give straight news, I would be at 70. I’d be maybe a 75.”
“You don’t give straight news. You give fake news. With fake news, I’m still winning the election.”
Then the President asserted the press is supposed to only give good news.
“If you gave serious good news the way you’re supposed to, I’d probably be at 70 or 75 based on the economy alone.”
Watch his remarks here.
But people immediately picked up on Trump’s quoted current poll numbers. Conservative polling firm Rasmussen only has the President at 46 percent approval rating in their latest poll. Quinnipiac had the President’s approval at just 38 percent.
Exaggeration is nothing new for President Trump and people were quick to point it out.
Some wondered why Trump low-balled it at just 48 percent, 51 percent and 75 percent.
And the rest of the President’s remarks did not get a much better reception.
And after accusing the press of sharing fake news, the President admitted to sharing altered video of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.