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More Americans think Trump handling North Korea well; majority still think Kim’s a threat


Washington, Feb 27: Often it is seen that statesmen improve their credibility points by handling foreign policy affairs when chips are perceived to be down on the home front. US President Donald Trump is no exception.

More Americans think Trump handling North Korea well; majority still think Kim’s a threat

The leader, who has faced a serious flak at home over building the wall along the Mexico border, reached Vietnam on Tuesday for the second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and to his supporters' delight, it was seen that half of the US has approved the way he has handled the North Korea affair, a Fox News poll that came out last week revealed.

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As per the poll, 46 per cent of Americans is of the opinion that Trump is doing a good job in dealing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his country. It's the highest rating Trump has received since Fox News first sought response to the question in 2017. The question was asked first time since April 2018, months ahead of the first Trump-Kim summit, and it is a point better than the 45 per cent approval received then. The lowest rating came in October 2017 when only 35 per cent approved of Trump's way of handling Pyongyang, CNN said.

The poll also showed 41% of Americans disapprove of how the American president is handling North Korea while 49 per cent is in favour of opting for military action to end North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

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Over 50% Americans still feel N Korea is a major threat to US

However, one negative aspect still remained. Even though it is the second time Trump and Kim are meeting inside a year, 52 per cent Americans still felt that the East Asian country is a major threat to the US's security as against 37 per cent who felt it is not. Only six per cent felt it was no threat at all. Only foreign cyber-attacks (72 per cent) and Islamic State (62 per cent) are seen as a bigger threat.

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