CNN polling analyst Harry Enten said on Monday that recent surveys show that President Donald Trump is getting absolutely thrashed in the public relations battle over the government shutdown.
Reacting to both a CNN poll and an ABC News/Washington Post poll released over the weekend, Enten pointed out that the percentage of Americans blaming Trump and the Republican Party for the shutdown has only been growing in recent weeks.
“His position is getting worse and worse and worse,” he explained.
Enten then pivoted to polling results showing that a full 66 percent of Americans oppose Trump’s proposed plan to build the wall by invoking emergency powers to bypass the need for congressional approval, while only 31 percent support it.
“This is just disastrous,” Enten said. “I just don’t understand how President Trump gets out of this… the president has backed himself into a corner.”
Host John Berman then asked Enten if he believed Trump was “losing the messaging war” with Democrats on the justifications for shutting down the federal government.
“I think he’s absolutely losing the messaging war,” Enten said. “The president’s job approval rating, which has been so stable… a three-point drop in net approval rating in just a month is a huge drop.”
Former CIA operative explains why there’s ‘probably’ a recording of Trump’s call to Ukraine
Former CIA operative Robert Baer warned during a CNN interview that President Donald Trump is going to do whatever he can to hide the transcript of his call with Ukraine from ever being released. He even went so far as to speculate that there's likely a recording of the call.
In a panel discussion Sunday, MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin asked if there was a tape of the call.
"I think there probably is one," said Baer. "The whistleblower wouldn’t come forward without good evidence. When you bring a charge against the president of the United States, you better be well-equipped to back that up. Now, I don’t know whether this was an intercepted phone call of the president of Ukraine or it’s a White House transcript itself. But I would imagine this has got so much attention, there’s got to be a transcript out there."
Entire CNN panel beats down Santorum for Ukraine misinformation: ‘You don’t get to decide what the facts are’
Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum was called out on Sunday after he seemed to be uneducated about President Donald Trump's attempt to have Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and his son.
During a panel discussion on CNN, Republican contributor Mia Love said that Trump's communication with Ukraine was not "appropriate" if he was looking for campaign help.
"There is no equivalence between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden and what this president has allegedly done," Democratic consultant Karen Finney noted. "The things that were investigated against the Bidens [were] shelved, totally debunked."
Tapper smacks Mnuchin with Trump kids’ international business deals after attack on Biden son
In a fairly contentious interview with Steve Mnuchin, CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out how Donald Trump's children -- Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- have been using their father's name to swing international deals after the Treasury secretary accused former Vice President Joe Biden's son of doing the same.
Mnuchin first dismissed reporting by the Washington Post and the conservative Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was withholding Ukraine funding in an effort to get dirt on Biden and his son -- saying neither newspaper could be trusted -- he then complained to the CNN host about having to spend seven and a half minutes talking about Trump's Ukraine scandal.