Presidential Approval Rating Hits New Record Low as Trump Comments on Texas From South Korea

At a press conference Tuesday in South Korea, Trump was asked if he would consider seeking “extreme vetting” for gun purchasers similar to what he has advocated for individuals entering the U.S. from other countries. Trump said such screenings would not have stopped Sunday’s gunman, who killed 26 people inside a Texas church, and could potentially have stopped another gun owner from confronting the shooter.

“If you did what you're suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago, and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him, and hit him and neutralize him,” Trump said. “And I can only say this: If he didn't have a [gun], instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead. So that's the way I feel about it. Not going to help."

Trump appeared to bristle at even the mention of gun control, suggesting to the inquiring reporter that such a question could be considered inappropriate just days after the shooting. The president also seemed to take exception that such a question would come during a bilateral press conference in South Korea.

“Well, you're bringing up a situation that probably shouldn't be discussed too much right now. We could let a little time go by, but it's OK,” Trump said. “If you feel that that's an appropriate question, even though we're in the heart of South Korea, I will certainly answer your question.”

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has hit a new low, coming in at 36 percent in the latest findings released by CNN on Monday.

According to the survey, 58 percent of adults disapprove of the way the president is handling his job, with 48 percent registering strong disapproval.

The results were published a day after an ABC News/Washington Poll showed a similar approval rating: 37 percent. When factoring in the margin of sampling error, the two surveys show a historic low for a president at this point in his tenure in the modern era of polling.

The CNN findings, which were gathered several days after it was revealed that three former Trump campaign officials had been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller as a part of his investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election, demonstrate growing wariness about reported contacts between campaign officials and foreign operatives.

Forty-four percent said they are “very concerned” about the communications detailed by news reports and federal prosecutors, a double-digit increase from July, when 27 percent indicated similar trepidation in CNN’s survey. The July poll was taken shortly after news broke of a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner at Trump Tower in New York.