Dec 19, 2017

White House blames media for Trump's low approval ratings

Sanders takes a question at a briefing. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the media's "negative" coverage of President Trump is the reason for his low job approval ratings, which have remained at about 40% or lower throughout his term.

  • On how judicial nominee Matthew Peterson, who withdrew his nomination, made it through the vetting process: "Every administration has individuals that don't make it through the process."
  • On whether the president will personally benefit from the tax legislation: Trump "will likely take a big hit" on the personal side. "On the business side, he could benefit ... but the focus remains on the middle class."

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The husband of Lori Klausutis, an aide to Joe Scarborough when he was member of Congress who died in 2001, asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to take down President Trump's tweets baselessly accusing the MSNBC host of murdering her, according to a letter obtained by the New York Times' Kara Swisher.

The state of play: Timothy Klausutis asked Dorsey to delete the tweets because Trump "has taken something that does not belong him — the memory of my dead wife and perverted it for perceived political gain."