President Donald Trump says his election was “a total failure” and he’s not running for reëlection, a week after losing the popular vote and becoming the first president to be impeached.
“We were all so excited and hopeful and optimistic that we were going to get the results,” Trump told supporters in the lobby of his Manhattan skyscraper.
“Now, the results are not there.”
He repeated his assertion that his victory was a “total failure.”
The president also said he’s decided to move on to “make America great again,” and he said his next move will be to run for the Senate in 2018.
“This country has been a disaster for a long time, and we have to go back to work and get it right,” Trump said.
“I am not going to run again.
I am not running, but we will see what happens.
But I am a little disappointed in myself.”
The Republican-led House of Representatives has not yet confirmed Trump’s choice for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, a fierce critic of his predecessor, Barack Obama.
The president has been repeatedly criticized for his handling of the election, including for his decision to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona for violating federal immigration law.
Trump and Sessions have been locked in a fierce back-and-forth over their roles in the 2016 election, and the two men have sparred over Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday that the president had made a decision to leave the White House “shortly,” without providing any details.
“Very sad,” he said.
Trump also blamed “corrupt” Democrats for the election loss.
“Democrats in the Senate are the worst of the worst,” he tweeted.
“They are all corrupt, crooked Democrats.
They are all the same!”
The president’s critics say he did not make a conscious decision to withdraw from the race and are urging him to do so.
“He should be in prison,” said Steve Vladeck, a former House Democratic leader.
“The reason he’s in prison is because he has not made a conscious, deliberate decision to resign from office,” he added.
Trump’s advisers said they are looking into the matter.
“It’s something we’ll be looking at,” said one adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
The Trump administration has faced criticism for a variety of reasons in recent weeks.
The administration has struggled to fulfill several of its campaign promises, including overhauling the nation’s health care system, cutting spending and reducing the number of new federal workers.
The White House is also facing scrutiny for what many say is a pattern of illegal immigration, including thousands of immigrants illegally crossing the border and bringing criminal gangs to the U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks to the media at the White Trump Towers in New York, on Jan. 10, 2019.
(Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP) “We’ve got a lot of work to do.
And we’re going to make it a very, very strong effort to get things done, and if we can’t get things accomplished, I will resign,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
“But I’m not running.
We’re going in the right direction, and I will be watching very closely.”
Trump’s approval ratings have been in free fall since he took office, with an average of 41% of Americans disapproving of the job he’s doing as president, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.
The poll also found the president has a relatively high disapproval rating among the country’s religious groups, as well as his party’s base.
The Quinnipac poll, which surveyed 1,001 adults across the country, found 54% of Republicans and Republicans-leaning independents approve of the way Trump is handling the presidency, while 36% disapprove.
Among Democrats, only 13% approve, while 44% disapprove of the president’s job performance.
The national approval ratings for the GOP and Democratic presidents are tied, with 51% of voters approving and 49% disapproving.
Democrats were more likely than Republicans to say they are satisfied with the way the Trump administration is handling its duties, with 52% saying so compared with 40% for the Republicans.
The number of Americans who approve of Trump’s job as president rose from 43% in January to 46% now, while disapproval dipped from 45% to 45%.
The poll found that Trump’s ratings among men fell by six percentage points, from 35% to 31%, while they went up among women, from 42% to 44%.
The president and his team are still working through a number of issues and policies that he said he will tackle after he leaves office.
“My first 100 days will be about the economy, health care, jobs, taxes, the military and all the other issues that we are going to focus on.
And I will make my plans for that 100 days very,