Trump asked Obama how he kept his approval rating high in 2016, according to a forthcoming book by NYT’s Maggie Haberman. Trump popped the question when the two men first met in the Oval Office after winning the 2016 election. Trump publicly skewered Obama but privately obsessed over his popularity and accomplishments. Something is loading.
Shortly after Donald Trump won the 2016 US election, he asked then-President Barack Obama how he managed to maintain high approval ratings.
That’s according to “Confidence Man,” a forthcoming book by Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, an advance copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post.
Trump asked Obama about his approval ratings the first time they met in the Oval Office after Trump won his election victory in 2016, according to Haberman. The meeting came after the pair hurled harsh insults at each other during the campaign trail, with Obama calling Trump unfit for president and Trump spreading the racist birth conspiracy theory about Obama and accusing him of to be soft on terrorism.
But Trump’s demeanor changed when he met Obama in the Oval Office, according to journalist Jonathan Karl’s memoir, “Front Row at the Trump Show.”
“I was immediately struck by Trump’s body language,” Karl wrote. “I saw a side of him that I had never seen. He seemed, believe it or not, humble.”
Indeed, Trump said after the meeting that he had “great respect” for Obama, called him a “very good man” and said he was looking forward to seeking Obama’s “advice” in the future. ‘coming. Obama also adopted a more conciliatory tone toward Trump, saying after Trump’s victory that he would not publicly attack his successor.
But any goodwill between the two men was short-lived. In the years since taking office, Trump has accused Obama of bugging Trump Tower, complained that Obama won the Nobel Prize, falsely claimed his inauguration crowd was bigger than Obama’s and became obsessed with reversing his predecessor’s key achievements, including affordable care. Act, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Obama, meanwhile, refrained from publicly attacking Trump but didn’t mince words when speaking about the 45th president in private, calling him a “racist pig”, “crazy” and ” corrupt motherfucker”. That’s according to journalist Edward-Isaac Dovere’s book, “Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Donald Trump.”
Shortly after Trump beat Clinton in the 2016 election, Obama’s approval rating hit its highest level in seven years, according to a CNN poll released two weeks after Election Day 2016. He also quit his duties on a high note, with a majority of voters – 53% – approving of the job he has done as president, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted in January 2017.
Trump left office with a record approval rating. As he prepared to leave the White House, Gallup found that only 34% of Americans approved of his professional performance and his average approval rating was lower than any of his predecessors since Gallup began. his investigation in 1940.