A leading historian has said that Donald Trump has led “the most failed first 100 days of any president,” “To be as low as he is in the polls, in the 30s,
He added: “This is the most failed first 200 days of any president.”
His comments came after FBI director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that the Bureau had found no evidence that Barack Obama had ordered wiretaps in Trump Tower during the presidential election in contrast to Mr Trump’s Twitter accusations.
Testifying under oath he said that his agency was conducting an investigation into possible Trump administration ties to Russia.
As a result, Mr Brinkley, who also teaches history at a private research university in Texas, said: “There’s a smell of treason in the air.”
He added: “Imagine if J Edgar Hoover or any other FBI director would have testified against a sitting president? It would have been a mind-boggling event.”
Mr Trump’s approval ratings are far worse than those of any former president at this point in their presidency. According to Gallup’s tracking polls, Mr Trump had an approval rating of 39 per cent during polling conducted between 13 and 19 March.
Other presidents had far higher approval figures at the same time during their first year in office: Barack Obama had a 62 per cent approval rating, George W Bush had a 58 per cent approval rating and Bill Clinton had the previous lowest rating at 53 per cent.
A few days after Mr Trump’s January inauguration, he questioned whether the new president was sabotaging himself after he made dubious claims about the crowd size at the event.