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Trump's diplomatic tour not lifting his job approval at home

Staff Writer |
U.S. President Donald Trump's job approval rating has not improved since he embarked on a nine-day diplomatic tour in the Middle East and Europe.

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Gallup tracking from Sunday through Tuesday puts his job approval rating at 39%, roughly the same as the 38% approval rating he averaged in each of the prior two weeks.

Trump's most recent 38% weekly average approval ratings, accompanied by 56% disapproval ratings, span a difficult period for the White House.

The administration has faced tough questions about Trump associates' roles in Russian interference during the election, as well as fallout from Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey, and the appointment of a special counsel to investigate connections between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

Trump's 38% weekly ratings captured in these past two weeks tie his lowest weekly average to date, first recorded in early April.

His highest ratings were during his first week in office, when he averaged 45% approval, but his ratings have since varied between 38% and 43%.

At the same time, the president's latest three-day rolling average job rating of 39% is a shade higher than his all-time low 35% approval rating recorded in late March.

That was recorded immediately after Trump's initial high-stakes effort to push an Obamacare repeal bill through the Republican-led Congress fizzled.

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