Donald Trump denounces negative polls, coverage as "fake news"

The president is flat-out denying that there's anything wrong with his administration

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published February 6, 2017 1:20PM (EST)

 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to engage in what his emerged as a favorite pastime — blasting negative media coverage.

A CNN/ORC poll released on Friday found that 53 percent of Americans oppose Trump's Muslim ban compared to only 47 percent who support it. It also found that 49 percent believe it harms American values while only 43 percent believe it protects them. Finally, it found that 60 percent of Americans oppose Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico while only 38 percent support building it.

What is perhaps most striking about Trump's response to the poll is the fact that it reveals how he has been watching CNN in the first place. After all, this is the same network that Trump has publicly denounced as "fake news". At the same time, this behavior is consistent with reports that Trump's incessantly watches TV, which even included updating one of the White House's TVs so he can watch the news while eating his lunch.

Overall, the poll found that 45 percent of Americans either strongly or moderately approve of the job that Trump has put in as president so far, while 52 percent of Americans either strongly or moderately disapprove of his current performance.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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