Sean Spicer has said Donald Trump will win a second term in the White House.
The President’s former press secretary, who resigned in July last year, said the American people were very happy with Trump’s first term so far.
‘In domestic policy in particular this president and this administration have got the results the American people have asked for,’ he said.
Confident: Sean Spicer has said Donald Trump will win a second term in the White House
In an interview on Australian talkshow The Project, Spicer said of Trump: ‘He has largely been successful in enacting a conservative agenda which many of us in the movement have been fighting for and supporting for years if not decades.’
Asked if Trump will win the 2020 election, he said confidently: ‘I think so.
‘If you look at the current political landscape in terms of his approval rating, with the current economic prosperity that we’re dealing with in this country – that’s a pretty good sign for an incumbent to go into.’
It comes after the latest Wall Street Journal / NBC poll on Tuesday showed Trump’s overall approval rating ticked up to 45 per cent, a high point for his presidency.
The poll was taken beginning the day before Trump’s Helsinki summit, so includes respondents who were exposed to some of the furious blowback after Trump called Putin’s denial of meddling in the U.S. election ‘powerful.’
Trump’s approval from among Republicans is 88 per cent – a level not reached since President George W. Bush following the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush his 96 per cent at that time, only to watch his approval steadily drop.
Republicans continue to give President Donald Trump huge approval ratings from within their ranks, even after his controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Trump tweeted on the summit after a new Washington Post / ABC showed 50 per cent of Americans disapprove of his performance there
Trump tweeted Monday about his Helsinki summit with Putin
A majority of 51 per cent don’t approve of the relationship between Washington and Moscow, according to the poll. That echoes a 50 per cent figure for disapproval of Trump’s conduct in a new Washington Post / ABC news poll.
And in the Journal poll, nearly two-thirds of voters, 65 per cent, believe Russia interfered – a conclusion Trump has raised repeated skepticism about, despite the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies.
The strong GOP support helps explain Trump’s decision to dig in and attack critics, as he did Monday when he tweeted that he gave up ‘NOTHING to Putin.
It also may help explain the reluctance of many top Republicans to criticize Trump. His performance in Helsinki was an exception, although even many lawmakers who condemned Russia and elements of the summit did not mention Trump by name.
Trump fired off a defense of his performance while attacking the media who covered it as the ABC poll showed 50 per cent of Americans disapproved of his conduct at the summit, where he expressed support for Putin’s ‘powerful’ denial of election hacking despite the conclusions of U.S. intelligence.
The time a Republican had Trump’s in-party approval rating was George W. Bush after Sept. 11
‘When you hear the Fake News talking negatively about my meeting with President Putin, and all that I gave up, remember, I gave up NOTHING, we merely talked about future benefits for both countries,’ Trump wrote Monday.
‘Also, we got along very well, which is a good thing, except for the Corrupt Media!’ the president added.
Trump said in Helsinki that the two men discussed a variety of topics in their two-hour one-on-one meeting.
Among them were Ukraine, Syria, Russian meddling in the U.S. elections, and the nations’ nuclear arsenal, according to Trump.
The new Washington Post / ABC News poll found 50 per cent of Americans disapproved of Trump’s handling of the summit, compared to 33 per cent who approve.