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Trump Tweets During Vacation, Criticizes Media & Says His Political Base Is ‘Stronger Than Ever’

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In a series of tweets from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump is taking a 17-day working vacation, the president ranted that the media was ignoring his accomplishments and claimed that his base was "stronger than ever," The Washington Post reported.

Trump cited "record Stock Market, border security, military strength, jobs" along with the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as examples of what his administration has been able to accomplish. Trump's barrage of tweets come amidst criticisms of the president from both the left and the right. Conservatives that support Trump are worried about the GOP's low record in passing important legislation, particularly their failure to repeal Obamacare, while liberals denounce his alleged collusion with Russia and bigoted statements, including recent tweets claiming he would ban transgender personnel from the U.S. military.

President Trump's favoribility has also declined in polls. For example, according to a poll released by Quinnipiac University on August, Trump reached a new low point in his approval numbers, with 61 percent of Americans disapproving of the job he is doing compared to 33 percent approving. Those numbers show a decline from Quinnipiac's June survey, which showed the president with 55 percent disapproval and 40 percent approval, according to ABC News. According to the university, these represent the "lowest approval and highest disapproval number since he was inaugurated."

A July Gallup poll reported that Trump has also lost a large amount of support in states that he won a large number of votes, including Wyoming, North Dakota, and West Virginia. In these states, Trump's approval rating has declined by 20 points or more.

In his tweets, Trump also criticized Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), calling him a "phony Vietnam con artist" after Blumenthal appeared on CNN to voice his support for continued investigation in Russian meddling of U.S. elections, according to the Post.

Blumenthal was criticized in 2010 for stating that he "served in Vietnam," when in reality, he spent his Marine service in the United States. Blumenthal has stated that he misspoke, and regretted doing so. Now that Trump has brought it up again seven years later, Blumenthal fired back with a tweet of his own and yet another reminder of the Russia probe.

Trump wasted no time throwing some shade right back.

But despite the ongoing investigation, failed attempts at healthcare reform and falling poll numbers, Trump seems confident overall, claiming his base is only getting stronger and decrying the media for more "fake news."


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