last update: tuesday, 07.02.2019
next UPDATE: TUESDAY, 08.06.2019
Desk Analysis: After pulling off the biggest upset since the 1948 presidential election in a very tight race that saw him eke out the electoral college while losing a close popular vote, Republican private businessman Donald Trump of New York was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. He ended eight years of Democratic control of the White House under then President Barack Obama, and became the first ever non-politician and non-general to ascend to the highest office in the land. Typically, presidents enter office with positive approval ratings and large inauguration crowds. However, President Trump saw the worst average approval ratings for an incoming commander in chief in recorded history (mid-forties), posting negative ratings and an embarrassment of sparse inauguration crowds. Since day one, the President has consistently suffered with this unpopularity even though the economy is posting its best numbers in nearly two decades, as the public has had issues with the President's conduct in office, his own personal failings, and his implementation of his policies. On top of this, an FBI investigation had haunted the President's administration for some time alongside many other minor to major scandals that continue on in the news headlines. These troubles lead to his party having a rough 2018 midterm result that saw them lose control of the House, have a weak showing in the Senate, and lose a handful of Governors seats. With a re-election campaign around the corner, the President and his party are historically bound to suffer if he has not found a way to finally post positive approval ratings for the first time in his administration's existence by then. As of July 2019, the President is at a 43% Approval Rating and a 54% Disapproval Rating according to the desk's latest monthly updated average of national polling; keep in mind that is worse than President George W Bush and President Barrack Obama's 50%+ approval ratings during their respective successful but competitive 2004 and 2012 re-election campaigns.