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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, September 01, 2018 1:00 am

Politics

Poll: Disapproval of Trump at 60%

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's disapproval rating has hit a high point of 60 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that also finds that clear majorities of Americans support the special counsel's Russia investigation and say the president should not fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Nearly half of Americans, 49 percent, say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings that could lead to Trump being removed from office, while 46 percent say Congress should not.

And a narrow majority – 53 percent – say they think Trump has tried to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller's wide-ranging probe in a way that amounts to obstruction of justice; 35 percent say they do not think the president has tried to interfere.

Trump to headline rally for Cruz

President Donald Trump says he'll ride to the rescue of one-time bitter rival Sen. Ted Cruz this fall, the strongest indication yet that the Texas conservative firebrand is getting nervous about his challenger, a liberal darling with a growing national profile.

Trump tweeted Friday that he will headline “a major rally” for Cruz in October and is “picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find.” He added, “Ted has my complete and total Endorsement,” and called Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke “a disaster for Texas – weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!”

The tweet of support was a long way from Trump's previous assessment of Cruz's record. He once declared the senator “has accomplished absolutely nothing” for Texans. Cruz has labeled Trump “a sniveling coward.”

US cuts off UN refugee agency

The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza.

The U.S. supplies nearly 30 percent of the total budget of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, and had been demanding reforms in the way it is run. The department said in a written statement that the United States “will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation.” The decision cuts nearly $300 million of planned support.

UNRWA released a statement late Friday rejecting “in the strongest possible terms” the Trump administration's criticism of the agency and expressing “deep regret and disappointment.”