In his decision Thursday to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, President Donald Trump strengthened support with his core base. The contentious move, however, represents yet another setback for Trump's sagging approval ratings, as seven of 10 Americans were in support of the agreement.
Trump’s approval and favorability are already historically low at this point in his presidency. When he was elected, Trump's approval ratings hovered around 40 to 45 percent but has recently been dipping below 40 percent following increased media scrutiny and the passing of the unpopular American Health Care Act in the House of Representatives.
Trump's press is also unlikely to be positive in the near future. The latest news from the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia has escalated with the announcement of a hearing Thursday by CIA Director James Comey. This comes in conjunction with the trickle of information from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been reportedly looking at the business handlings of Trump's son-in-law and aide Jared Kushner, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.