Trump Touts Georgia Gov. Kemp's Falling Approval, Presses Him to 'Take Charge' and 'See the Light'

Donald Trump has hit out at Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp after his reported approval rating blip, having recently criticized him over alleged election irregularities in the state.

The commander-in-chief continues to tout issues in Georgia, with his campaign having demanded a recount of election results. The state has been called in Joe Biden's favor by several news networks.

Kemp has been the target of criticism following Election Day, with Trump railing against him over a consent decree that changed the procedures surrounding signature matching in the state. The president has wrongly claimed this decree, which aimed to address a lack of statewide standards for signature checks, means election officials are unable to verify signatures on the envelopes of absentee ballots.

Trump has said this was signed by Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, also a Republican, with Kemp's approval and "at the urging" of Democrat Stacey Abrams, who has been credited with boosting Biden's success in Georgia.

Kemp also faced criticism from Trump ally Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

In his latest comments on Kemp, Trump shared polling which said the Governor's approval rating had dropped and wrote: "Wow! Governor Kemp will hopefully see the light before it is too late. Must finally take charge!"

The polling, from InsiderAdvantage/Fox 5 Atlanta, among 800 respondents asked November 16, showed 37 percent approved of him while 44 percent did not. Fox 5 Atlanta reported this as a drop from previous numbers.

Newsweek has contacted the White House and the Trump campaign for further comment on the president's remarks, asking specifically how the president wants Kemp to "take charge" and what of. Kemp's office has also been contacted for comment.

The criticism of Kemp comes as Raffensperger has also clashed with high-profile Republicans of late.

Raffensperger has urged fellow Republicans to accept the results in Georgia, insisting the recount is lining up closely with the numbers from the original tabulation.

He told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Results so far have been lining up very, very closely. So it really makes the point that the machine counts are accurate.

"Those will be the result, and both sides need to accept it and we'll move on."

It comes with the Trump campaign and supporters of the president having pursued lawsuits in several states, having cried foul in the wake of Election Day. There has been legal action in Georgia, though this has not proved successful for the plaintiffs.

Trump has continued to refuse to concede to Biden after networks called the election in the Democrats' favor, insisting his success has only been due to the election having been "rigged."

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference announcing expanded statewide COVID testing on August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. He has faced criticism from President Donald Trump over the outcome of the election in Georgia. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images