Trump's Average Approval Rating Near Three Year High on Day of Likely Senate Acquittal

President Donald Trump enters the final day of his Senate trial, in which he is all-but-certain to be acquitted of the two impeachment articles brought against him, with an approval rating that is near to a three-year high, according to a closely watched poll tracker.

The FiveThirtyEight average of all Trump approval rating polls put the president at 43.5 percent approve and 52.1 percent disapprove on the eve of his likely acquittal in the Republican-majority Senate.

The approval figure is the highest since day 56 of his presidency back in March 2017. On a net basis, Trump's approval is still in negative territory at minus 8.6 percent.

"America is riding high with President Trump and his record-high support is indicative of our country's success," Erin Perrine, principal deputy communications director of the Trump campaign, told Newsweek.

"Record-low unemployment from women, veterans, blacks, and Asian Americans, rising wages, and millions more jobs than job seekers—America is the strongest it has been in generations.

"It is an exciting time living in this great American comeback and the best is yet to come."

On Wednesday, senators will vote on whether to convict Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the articles with which the House impeached the president back in December over his alleged Ukraine-related misconduct.

The House accused Trump of using his presidential powers to pressurize Ukraine's government into opening an unfounded corruption investigation into potential 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the former vice president, to benefit his re-election campaign.

Trump allegedly orchestrated a scheme to withhold $391 million in military aid and condition a White House visit for Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Kyiv opening the investigation he sought. Trump denies wrongdoing and claims his corruption concerns were legitimate.

Further to the abuse charge, the House added obstruction over the White House's assertion of executive privilege to block witness testimony and evidence as Congress sought to investigate the alleged Ukraine scheme, and its refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas.

After several days of trial in the Senate, with both sides presenting their cases, and the blocking of new witnesses and evidence by the Republicans, Trump stands poised for acquittal. Conviction requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate.

Some Republican senators have acknowledged that the president's actions were wrong, but argue they do not meet the threshold for removal from office. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, made this point on the Senate floor Tuesday.

"Impeachment of a president should be reserved for conduct that poses such a serious threat to our governmental institutions as to warrant the extreme step of immediate removal from office," Collins said, saying she plans to vote to acquit Trump on both counts.

However, Collins said Trump's actions were "improper and demonstrated very poor judgment," adding: "It was wrong for President Trump to mention former Vice President Biden on that phone call, and it was wrong for him to ask a foreign country to investigate a political rival."

Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, released a statement describing Trump's actions as "inappropriate" but said it was down to voters, not the Senate, to kick the president out of office.

"It was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation," Alexander said. "When elected officials inappropriately interfere with such investigations, it undermines the principle of equal justice under the law.

"But the Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year's ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate...Our founding documents provide for duly elected presidents who serve with 'the consent of the governed,' not at the pleasure of the United States Congress. Let the people decide."

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President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives at the US Capitol Building on February 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images
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