WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  Former U.S. President Barack Obama (R) congratulates U.S. President Donald Trump after he took the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Trump vs. Obama: A rocky relationship
01:43 - Source: CNN

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Trump's ratings have lagged behind those of nearly all his predecessors

His claim rests on findings of a daily Rasmussen Reports tracking poll

CNN  — 

President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his approval ratings at this point in his presidency rival those of Barack Obama, citing a report from “Fox & Friends.”

“While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47%…and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!” he tweeted.

But the truth, across almost every reputable poll, is that Trump’s approval ratings have lagged behind those of nearly all of his predecessors, including Obama, since day one of his presidency.