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The Hill’s Morning Report — President Donald Trump’s job approval rating hit a record low this week, and his disapproval rating has fallen below 50 percent.
In the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday, 48 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president, down from 55 percent who approved of his performance as president in January.
That’s a significant drop from the 57 percent who approve of his job performance on the day Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
And while there has been little sign of the White House’s efforts to get the news media to cover its accomplishments, there are signs of a change in tone on the campaign trail, with Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton campaigning in swing states that will likely decide the election on Nov. 8.
In a statement Monday, the president defended his actions, saying he was doing it because he needed the time to focus on his agenda and to prepare for the Nov. 6 election.
He continued, “I am committed to holding the press accountable.
We will continue to focus relentlessly on the things that matter to our people and the country.”
Trump has been in the public eye for months, but it’s not clear whether he’s been paying attention to what is happening in his administration.
On Monday, Trump held a press conference to address his firing of Comey, who was investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
He defended the decision, saying, “We’re not going to have a situation where there’s a firing and then people are saying that’s because the press is a bad thing.”
Trump said the decision was a mistake and added, “This was the right thing to do.”
He said he has not spoken to Comey since he was fired, but that the decision to fire him was “the best thing that could have been done.”
Trump also said that if Clinton wins the election, he will be happy to work with her.
He added, though, that he has no plans to speak to Clinton at all after she is elected.
Clinton is currently polling at 42 percent approval, according to the ABC News poll, while Trump is at 41 percent.
The ABC News Poll was conducted online Nov. 7-11 among a random national sample of 1,000 adults.
The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
The poll was conducted by Edison Research of Princeton, N.J., and was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York.
The full poll results are available at http://www.abcn.org/news/poll-results/president-donald-trump-s-job-approval-rate-hit-record-low-this-week-poll-1.204986.ABC News’ Michael C. Bender contributed to this report.