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Trump’s birthday celebrations marred by historically low approval rating

The Independent logo The Independent 14/06/2017 Fiona Keating

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Donald Trump received an unwanted present on his 71st birthday - lower presidential approval ratings than three of his predecessors.

Of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama, only Mr Bush reached the 60 per cent disapproval mark.

But multiple polls showed Mr Trump’s approval ratings dropped to just 36 percent over the weekend, close to the all time 35 per cent low he achieved in March.

Nearly 43 percent of American voters also support the idea of beginning the official impeachment process for Trump, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll published this week.

The sacking of FBI director James Comey has heightened fears over Trump’s unpredictable leadership, according to Inderjeet Parmar, professor of international politics at City University of London.

He told The Wire that the president’s style is so divisive "that there is almost no middle ground in attitudes to the maverick commander-in-chief.”

The downward spiral in Trump’s popularity comes after his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. Most US states were in favour of the Paris Agreement according to the Yale programme on climate change communication, which found that almost 70 per cent of Americans wanted to stay within the agreement.

There is also the continuing investigation by the Senate intelligence committee into alleged Russian meddling in the US elections.

Al Green, the Republican senator for Texas launched an official challenge on 17 May to impeach the president over obstruction of justice.

But Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader downplayed the calls to bring about Mr Trump's impeachment, although she told Politico: “I think he’s going to self-impeach.”

The Californian Democrat's comments were made during a terse communication over Brad Sherman who had a draft article of impeachment, saying he might bring the debate to the House floor.

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