This week: Trump's approval remains stable, his potential Democratic challengers begin to drop out, trade war flares, and more.
Trump's approval ratings remain stable
About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which finds some support for the president's handling of the U.S. economy but gives him weak marks on other major issues.
Just 36% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president; 62% disapprove.
The numbers may be ugly for a first-term president facing reelection in 14 months, but they are remarkably consistent. Trump's approval rating has never dipped below 32% or risen above 42% in AP-NORC polls since he took office.
No other president has stayed within so narrow a band
Since Gallup began measuring presidential approval, Trump is the only president whose rating has never been above 50%. Still, several — Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush — logged ratings worse than Trump's lowest rating so far at some point during their time in office.
Trump's poor grades in the AP-NORC poll extend to his handling of several key issues: immigration, health care, foreign policy and guns. Views of the Republican president's handling of the economy remain a relative bright spot despite fears of a potential recession.
Democratic field begins to thin
Another Democrat dropped his bid to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ended his presidential run Wednesday, announcing it had become clear that his climate change-focused campaign would not be successful. He plans to run for a third term as governor.
How US trade balances change over time
The United States is pressing China to narrow its trade surplus and roll back plans for government-led development of global competitors in robotics and other technologies. Beijing's trading partners say those plans violate its market-opening commitments. Some American officials worry they might erode U.S. industrial leadership.
Negotiations are deadlocked over how to enforce a deal. Beijing says punitive tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump on Chinese products must be lifted as soon as an agreement takes effect. Washington wants to keep some to ensure Beijing carries out any promises it makes.
Recession fears increasing
Bonds sounded their loudest warning bell yet of recession on Wednesday, when the yield on the 10-year Treasury briefly fell below the two-year yield. This latest inversion - a historically reliable, though not perfect, predictor of recession- comes as worries mount that a trade war may derail the economy.
The face of immigration is changing
The Trump administration has announced it would seek to deny green cards to migrants who seek Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance. This chart shows the changes in immigration from 1960 to the most recent census.
Company profit gains outstrip worker pay hikes
Recent studies and analyses have shown corporate profits are growing faster than employee compensation since the early 2000s. This interactive chart compares corporate profits and employee compensation.