Republican party leaders were by and large not impressed with how President Trump declined to side with the U.S. intelligence community regarding Russian election interference while in Helsinki on Monday. Republican party members, meanwhile, think the president did a great job.
An Axios and SurveyMonkey poll published Thursday found that 79 percent of Republicans approve of how Trump handled his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Just 18 percent of Republicans said they did not approve.
In stark contrast, 91 percent of Democrats disapproved of Trump's performance, with 7 percent saying they approved. Among independents, 62 percent disapproved and 33 percent approved. Axios additionally noted that 85 percent of Republicans see the topic of Russian interference as "a distraction," while 85 percent of Democrats say it's a "serious issue." Overall, more than half of those polled said they don't trust the Trump administration to prevent foreign interference in the 2018 elections.
President Trump values loyalty above nearly all else, but he's apparently willing to give Alabama Rep. Martha Roby (R) the benefit of the doubt.
Trump endorsed Roby on Friday, calling her a "consistent and reliable vote for our Make America Great Again agenda," despite her past questioning of Trump's morals.
Congresswoman Martha Roby of Alabama has been a consistent and reliable vote for our Make America Great Again Agenda. She is in a Republican Primary run-off against a recent Nancy Pelosi voting Democrat. I fully endorse Martha for Alabama 2nd Congressional District!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018
After The Washington Post published a tape from Trump's 2005 appearance on Access Hollywood in which he bragged about sexually assaulting women, Roby withdrew her support for the then-presidential candidate. "I cannot look my children in the eye and justify a vote for a man who promotes and boasts about sexually assaulting women," Roby said.
Later, Roby seemed to come around to the man she had once called "unacceptable," eventually sitting down for a meeting with him in the Oval Office, reports Politico. She said she "looked the president in the eye and told him I was with him." Even though she was initially opposed to Trump, her aggressive effort to show him her newfound commitment to his administration has paid off — she reportedly called House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to thank him for helping spur the president's wholehearted endorsement in her upcoming primary battle. Summer Meza
President Trump is worried about staff holdovers.
Trump is becoming paranoid that officials who also worked for previous administrations are not sufficiently loyal to him, The New York Times reported Tuesday. "The Bushies in the White House are out to get me," he reportedly said of staffers who also worked for former President George W. Bush.
The Trump administration has seen a record-breaking number of departures and an incredibly high turnover rate, reportedly leaving Trump concerned that he can't trust the staffers who are left. Few of Trump's original team members remain, which has pushed the president to become increasingly isolated in the White House, preferring not to communicate much with his aides out of worry that they are secretly hoping for his downfall. Read more at Talking Points Memo. Summer Meza