Trump Faces Foreign and Domestic Challenges Amid Low Approval Rating
Donald Trump is fast closing in on his first 100 days in office, and his public approval rating continues to hover at around 40 percent, still a low mark for a new U.S. president. Trump's rating on foreign policy has improved slightly in the wake of recent U.S. military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan, but his domestic agenda seems stuck in neutral.
The latest Gallup Daily Tracking Poll has the president's approval rating at 41 percent, with 53 percent disapproval. That is an improvement from about three weeks ago when the approval level had dropped to 35 percent.
The latest Marist College survey found Trump's approval at 39 percent, little changed from before the U.S. strike on Syria. "Trump is facing a critical test as commander-in-chief," according to Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "Americans are still looking for President Trump to provide leadership," Miringoff said in a statement that accompanied the latest survey.
Pakistan Probes Detained IS Female Suicide Bomber
Military officials in Pakistan say a would-be Islamic State female suicide bomber had planned to assault a church during Eastern celebrations Sunday in Lahore before a counterterrorism raid captured her this past Friday.
Army spokesman General Asif Ghafoor at a news conference Monday identified the suspect as Naureen Leghari, saying she is still under investigation.
The young woman, officials say, has told investigators she was contacted and radicalized by IS operatives through social media.
General Ghafoor also dismissed reported claims that Naureen had traveled to Syria and received training at IS-run terror camps there. He said the evidence collected so far has established she never went to Syria.
The spokesman released a video confessional statement in which Naureen says she was studying in a medical college in the southern city of Hyderabad and only recently moved to Lahore with two other accomplices to execute the terrorist plot.