Trump fumes on Twitter as polls show majority of Americans oppose his travel ban
Like many of Trump’s early-morning Twitter missives, the broadside followed a cable news segment about the topic at hand. A panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” discussed a recent CNN/ORC poll that found that 53 percent of U.S. adults oppose Trump’s executive order on immigration, compared with 47 percent who say they support it.
Two other national surveys, also released Friday, showed most Americans disapprove of the travel ban. A CBS poll found 51 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s executive order, compared to 45 percent who approve. A similar survey conducted by Gallup found 55 percent of Americans disapprove of the travel ban, compared to 42 percent who approve. (The same poll also showed 60 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s plan to construct a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico, compared to 38 percent who support it.)
The executive order, signed by Trump late last month, bars people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days. It also prevents all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days and indefinitely suspends the entry of refugees from Syria. The order caused some people with current visas to be detained and led to widespread protests and legal challenges.
Over the weekend, a federal judge ordered the suspension of Trump’s travel ban, and the Department of Homeland Security said it would comply with the ruling. (On Twitter, Trump ripped “the opinion of this so-called judge” and vowed the ruling would be overturned.) A federal appeals court declined to immediately reverse the ruling.
The CNN/ORC poll, released Friday, also showed that 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing. This is a historic low among recently elected presidents since the advent of modern polling.
The president compared such surveys to national polls that showed Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by roughly 2 to 4 percentage points on the eve of the November election. However, those polls were largely correct: Trump won the presidency by capturing the Electoral College, but Clinton won the popular vote by almost 2.9 million votes, 65,853,625 to 62,985,106, a margin of 2.1 percent.
Nonetheless, a defiant Trump declared he’s his own boss.
“I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it,” he tweeted. “Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!”