After six months in office, Donald Trump's approval rating is the lowest of any American President since polling began.
Trump's popularity continues to decrease as the scandal over his team's possible collusion with Russia in an alleged bid to influence last year's election continues to grow. The federal investigation has now engulfed both his son, Donald Jr, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. During all this, Trump hit back to critics on Twitter, and called the probe a witch hunt, while saying that he wants to remain focused on fulfilling his policy platform, like his campaign promise to reform the healthcare system. But his healthcare policies are also slowing down. Internal party divisions among the Republicans in Congress is hampering progress. A proposed, then twice revised, bill failed to get the votes needed to pass the Senate.
In his six months, the president has however signed a slew of executive orders, one of them his much touted Muslim travel ban. Both versions of this order were struck down by the courts. But the ban eventually came into partial effect, a decision taken by the Supreme Court, until it hears the full case in October. Across the country, this ban drew mass protests, and globally, was denounced by numerous world leaders.
Another controversial decision of Trump's was to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. It was another decision that received the criticism of world leaders and people alike. The US head of state has also slashed the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency, and rolled back regulation aimed at curbing pollution and emissions.
In the arena of diplomacy, Trump has ramped up tensions with China, following North Korea's missile tests. He has put himself at odds with Russia over Syria, going against his own advice to Barack Obama and launching a military strike.
The President has stood firm by his pledge to put America First in international meetings and multinational deals, notably by announcing the US would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
And yet, despite the controversy that has dogged his nearly every move, continuing economic growth and job creation means support from his base remains undiminished.
Updated Date: Jul 19, 2017 13:02:43 IST