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Donald Trump and his White House administration have been having a bad month. An indication is through Trump’s disapproval ratings – the RCP average is now 52.6 disapproval, 41.8 approval.

Rasmussen reports trends point to public perception trends:

  • 22 -24 January: 57% approval, 43% disapproval, +14
  • 29-31 January: 53% approval, 47% disapproval, +6
  • 5 – 7 February: 53% approval, 47% disapproval, +6
  • 12 – 14 February: 53% approval, 47% disapproval, +6
  • 19 – 21 February: 51% approval, 49% disapproval, +2
  • 26 – 28 February: 50% approval, 50% disapproval, =
  • 5 – 7 March: 49% approval, 51% disapproval, -2
  • 12 – 14 March: 45% approval, 54% disapproval, -9
  • 19 – 21 March: 46% approval, 54% disapproval, -8
  • 26 – 28 March: 44% approval, 56% disapproval, -12

That’s a big swing in 10 weeks.

Vice resident Mike Pence is one of the few in Team Trump getting positive reports.

NY Times: Amid White House Tumult, Pence Offers Trump a Steady Hand

Mr. Pence, a Hill-wise former Indiana congressman who is typically a palliative presence in an administration of piranhas, had been keeping tabs on conservatives, counseling the president not to take anything for granted, and he urged Mr. Trump to take a hard line against his ideological allies who were pushing for a far more radical rewrite of the Affordable Care Act.

During the course of the last two trying weeks, as less-experienced advisers floundered — and others skipped town — Mr. Pence emerged as an effective, if not ultimately successful, wingman for a president short on competent help.

The health care debacle was nothing if not a CT scan of a troubled and inexperienced West Wing — from the president’s sketchy grasp on policy, to the heavy-handed tactics of his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who issued a final ultimatum to a balky Freedom Caucus.

Mr. Pence was simply filling a vacuum. The president’s son-in-law and free-floating aide, Jared Kushner, who has described himself as a first among equals in the West Wing, was on a family trip to Colorado.

First among equals? Equal to Trump in modesty perhaps. Running a country is a bit different to running the social media side of a campaign.

This week, as the administration tried to pivot to tax reform, Mr. Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary D. Cohn, has been away for a few days with his family, on hand for conference calls but out of Washington.

That has left Mr. Pence to carry out many of the functions that the White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, would normally fulfill if he possessed more policy experience and legislative connections: sounding out lawmakers for inside information, providing the president with tactical counsel, quietly offering policy tweaks during negotiations.

He is quite a contrast to Trump and co. That is perhaps why he was chosen as VP.

At times, Mr. Pence can seem jarringly out of place, a clean-cut 1950s Republican cheerfully navigating the chaotic “Mad Max” landscape created by the disruptive duo of Mr. Trump and Mr. Bannon, trying to stay engaged while remaining discernibly aloof from the less-savory aspects of serving in the Trump White House.

Mr. Pence’s relationship with Mr. Trump is more respectful than familial, people close to both men said. They have worked out an odd-couple shtick in public, but the stark cultural differences are obvious. The president briefly tried to curb his use of expletives in front of his religious vice president but has reverted to four-letter form — and Mr. Pence, who is fond of joining colleagues for moments of shared prayer, has been less religiously demonstrative around Mr. Trump, aides say.

I wonder when a video of Trump in private is leaked.

But even as Mr. Pence steps up his activity as a go-between bridging the White House and Capitol Hill, it’s clear he has adopted a far less ambitious approach to the job than his predecessors Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Dick Cheney, who despised being out of the loop and stocked their staffs with first-rate talent that often rivaled, and later replaced, their presidents’ West Wing teams.

His model, people close to him say, is the laid-back helpmate vice presidency of George Bush under Ronald Reagan.

Mr. Pence was a steady advocate, if ultimately not a successful one, during Mr. Trump’s last-minute push, telling hard-liners as part of his pitch that “I would have been a member of the Freedom Caucus if I was still in Congress.”

So he would have been against the health bill?

But he is in Trump’s team, and is a saner steadier presence in an inexperienced shemozzle.

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  1. Gezza

     /  30th March 2017

    The latest helpful & informative tweets from THE DONALD OF THE UNITED STATES

    [45th POTUS, 1st DOTUS]

    Why doesn’t Fake News talk about Podesta ties to Russia as covered by ‪@FoxNews‬ or money from Russia to Clinton – sale of Uranium?

    Remember when the failing ‪@nytimes‬ apologized to its subscribers, right after the election, because their coverage was so wrong. Now worse!

    If the people of our great country could only see how viciously and inaccurately my administration is covered by certain media!

    I suspect they can, Donald. You’re always going on about it! Ed.



    [ Still whingeing about the lack of msm reporting of his wonderfulness. Ed.]
    More Trump tweets may possibly be found here when The Donald has some spare time:
    Thur 30 Mar 2017. 0550.

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  30th March 2017

    Warren *lost billions* betting against DOTUS becoming Prez……now he’s only the *third* richest person on earth. Good bloody job ❗

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  30th March 2017

      This is a complete distortion of the facts; of course he didn’t bet billions that Trump would not win the election.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  30th March 2017

        *Swing away Catkin*….no argument from me. You get more free-hits than when the St Marys Hockey Team played Heretaunga College on their home ground XD

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  31st March 2017

          Look up the real story. He didn’t go to the US equivalent of the TAB and put a bet on, which is what you made it sound like. Nor does the fact that someone else has made more money mean that another person has lost theirs.

  3. is it true that breitbart is run by Bart Simpson ?
    the guy who foresaw; Pres. T about 10 years ago !


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