Trump in 'a Lot of Trouble and the People Around Him Have No Idea How Much' Says Former Bush Speechwriter

A former speechwriter for George W. Bush has commented that the people close to President Donald Trump have "no idea" how much trouble he is in, because they get their opinions from "media that earn their living by deceiving their users."

Political commentator David Frum, who worked in the Bush White House and has since authored a book about President Trump titled Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, posted his thoughts on social media—also sharing the results of a poll that he said showed American voters were at odds with Trump.

"American voters are receptive to Joe Biden's argument that Trump has lowered US standing in the world," Frum tweeted, sharing an annual Gallup poll, the most recent results of which were released in February 2019, that showed 53 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with the U.S.' position in the world.

"Trump's in a lot of trouble—and the people around him have no idea how much, because they derive their information from media that earn their living by deceiving their users," he later added, sharing his earlier post—which contained several results from the same poll casting President Trump in an unfavorable light with voters.

The former speechwriter shared a range of results from the Gallup poll that he said showed American voters were not backing Trump's opinion on a variety of issues, including American voters' belief that climate change is important, that Russia is a critical military threat, and that foreign trade means an opportunity for growth.

"Trump's unpopularity is contagious. Trump likes Russia? Americans turn against it. Trump distrusts trade? Americans embrace it. The distorted voting system cushions the electoral shock of that fact. But fact it is. Those who make statements about public opinion should be mindful," he said.

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Frum's comments came following a viral video from the recent NATO gathering in London, U.K., which appeared to show a group of world leaders including U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laughing about President Trump, which Trump's critics argued was indicative of his standing on the world stage.

The president is also facing scrutiny at home, where the ongoing impeachment inquiry has been transferred to the House Judiciary Committee. The inquiry was launched following a whistleblower complaint that alleged Trump had attempted to pressure Ukraine into investigating his potential political rivals to benefit him in the 2020 election.

Trump denies there was any such pressure or quid pro quo in a phone call between himself and the Ukrainian president that formed the basis of the inquiry.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.

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