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Trump's approval rating shoots up after week of North Korea escalation


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As tensions rise and explosive language flies between Trump and North Korea, the president has regained standing in his national approval rating.

According to the latest Rasmussen survey, 45 percent of Americans approve of President Trump -- the highest his rating has been in the same poll since July 12. His approval rating exactly one week ago stood at a staggeringly low 39 percent.

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Where 62 percent of Americans say North Korea poses a "very serious threat" to the U.S., President Trump's blunt rhetoric -- including phrases like "locked and loaded" and "fire and fury" -- the commander in chief's active messaging on North Korea could be aiding his favorability rating with the general public.

The Rasmussen poll, which has traditionally favored the president more than other comparable surveys, comes as other surveys spell bad news for the 45th president.

As Trump left the White House for a three-week retreat with his family in Bedminster, N.J., an AOL News poll showed 53 percent of respondents do not think the president should be taking a "working vacation." In his first week of working from New Jersey, the president has held multiple meetings on workforce initiatives and the national opioid crisis from Bedminster.

A recent CNN poll showed 59 percent of Americans say the Trump White House has been a failure, and another poll released last week revealed a majority of U.S. voters view President Trump as dishonest, lacking good leadership skills and failing to care for the American people.

As reports of internal conflict between White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, a brewing public offensive from Trump aimed at GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shines a light of instability on the Trump administration.

As for Trump's handling of the North Korea crisis, many military officials past and present have weighed in on the gravity of the conflict -- and retired Army Gen. James D. Thurman tells the New York Times he is worried about a "serious miscalculation."

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"We are playing right into Kim Jong-un's hands. That is what he wants," General Thurman said. "I really would want to tamp down this rhetoric, maintain armistice conditions, keep the force ready and not get the herd spooked."

Secretary of Defense James Mattis seemed to support Trump's use of empowered, definitive language on Thursday, saying the U.S. is "ready" to act in the face of any hostility from North Korea.

While Trump's latest six-point bump with Rasmussen is an increase, it is still not as high as his peak rating to date. The president's highest Rasmussen rating was 59 percent -- recorded one week into his White House tenure on Jan. 26.

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Top 25 words that come to mind for Trump: Quinnipiac poll

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  • Donald Trump And NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Hold Joint News Conf.

    "Bigot" -- 8

    (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Campaigns Near Green Bay, Wisconsin

    "American" -- 8

    (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • TOPSHOT-US-GREECE-POLITICS-CELEBRATION

    "Racist" -- 9

    (Photo credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • President Trump Speaks At A Meeting Of Police Chiefs And Sheriffs

    "Dishonest" -- 9

    (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

  • President Trump Attends National Prayer Breakfast

    "Clown" -- 9

    (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • President Trump Departs The White House For Palm Beach

    "Great" -- 10

    (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Donald Trump And NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Hold Joint News Conf.

    "Disgusting" -- 10

    (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Donald Trump Delivers Address To Joint Session Of Congress

    "Successful" -- 11

    (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/Getty Images)

  • President Trump Holds Meeting On Healthcare

    "Narcissist" -- 11

    (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

  • US-POLITICS-OIL-CANADA

    "Business" -- 11

    (Photo credit NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

  • President Trump Holds News Conference In East Room Of White House

    "Bully" -- 11

    (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Dallas

    "Trying" -- 12

    (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Holds Rally In Phoenix

    "Arrogant" -- 12

    (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

  • CNBC Events

    "Stupid" -- 13

    (Photo by: Adam Jeffery/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

  • Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Face Off In First Presidential Debate At Hofstra University

    "A--hole" -- 13

    (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Las Vegas, Day Ahead Of State's GOP Caucus

    "Egotistical" -- 15

    (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • President Trump Speaks At National Republican Congressional Committee March Summit And Dinner

    "Ignorant" -- 16

    (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/Getty Images)

  • President Trump Holds News Conference In East Room Of White House

    "Businessman" -- 18

    (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Donald Trump Is Sworn In As 45th President Of The United States

    "Strong" -- 21

    (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Virginia Beach

    "President" -- 22

    (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • President Trump Returns To The White House

    "Unqualified" -- 25

    (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • Donald Trump Campaigns In Golden, Colorado

    "Leader" -- 25

    (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Donald Trump And Ted Cruz Join Capitol Hill Rally Against Iran Deal

    "Liar" -- 30

    (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • President Trump Meets With Airline Industry CEO's At The White House

    "Incompetent" -- 31

    (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Tampa, Florida

    "Idiot" -- 39

    (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

States with the highest and lowest Trump job approval ratings

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  • Autumn trees and the skyline of Boise Idaho

    Idaho

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

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  • Salt Lake City Skyline in Early Spring with Copy Space

    Utah

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

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  • Billings Montana
    Montana

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

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  • Cheyenne
    Wyoming

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

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  • Fargo, North Dakota, United States - June 13th, 2015: The Fargo Theatre on the main street of the city, Broadway on a busy summer's day.
    North Dakota

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

    (Photo by Ben Harding via Getty Images)

  • Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota.
    South Dakota

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

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  • Omaha Nebraska
    Nebraska

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • welcome to kansas sign
    Kansas

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

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  • The aerial view of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma taken from a Robinson 44 helicopter with the door removed on August 15, 2014. Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the state of Oklahoma. The cit
    Oklahoma

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

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  • City view of West Markham Street in Little Rock, Arkansas
    Arkansas

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Skyline
    Louisiana

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Mobile, Alabama Skyline
    Alabama

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Charleston, South Carolina, USA
    South Carolina

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

    (Photo by Sean Pavone via Getty Images)

  • Skyline of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
    Tennessee 

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Louisville Cityscape / Skyline
    Kentucky

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Wheeling, West Virginia

    West Virginia

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

    (Photo by Stan Rohrer via Getty Images)

  • Anchorage, Alaska Skyline
    Alaska

    Approval rating: 50% or higher

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Boston Skyline

    Massachusetts

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Misty Autumn Foliage in Rural Vermont
    Vermont

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Providence, Rhode Island, downtown skyline.
    Rhode Island

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel via Getty Images)

  • Hartford, Connecticut
    Connecticut

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • City skyline (NYC, Manhattan)
    New Jersey

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Manhattan, New York (USA)
    New York

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Wilmington Delaware
    Delaware

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Baltimore's Inner Harbor
    Maryland

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Richmond Skyline
    Virginia

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Chicago downtown skyline aerial
    Illinois

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Minneapolis Minnesota
    Minnesota

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Snowy Longs Peak and Downtown Denver Colorado skyscrapers
    Colorado

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico, United States
    New Mexico

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Seattle, WA
    Washington

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Looking out over Portland Oregon
    Oregon

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Buildings in Irvine
    California

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

  • Maui Coastline, Hawaii Islands
    Hawaii

    Approval rating: Below 40%

    (Photo via Getty Images)

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    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks after John Kelly was sworn in as White House Chief of Staff in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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    A television plays a news report on U.S. President Donald Trump's recent Oval Office meeting with Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak as night falls on offices and the entrance of the West Wing White House in Washington, U.S. May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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    U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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    The White House is seen the day after U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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    First Lady Melania Trump holds a baby as U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) greets members of the congress and their families as they attend a congressional picnic event at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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    U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (standing, L-R), Vice President Mike Pence and Staff Secretary Rob Porter welcomes reporters into the Oval Office for him to sign his first executive orders at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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    Counselor to U.S. President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway prepares to go on the air in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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    U.S. President Donald Trump greets Director of the FBI James Comey as Director of the Secret Service Joseph Clancy (L) watches during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
  • U.S. Nat'l Security Advisor H.R. McMaster Speaks To Press After News Report Of Trump Discussing Classified Info With Russians
    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: U.S. President Donald Trump is seen on a television news show in the West Wing of the White House, on May 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Earlier, National security advisor H.R. McMaster spoke to the media about President Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office last week and reports that Trump shared classified information with them. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the executive order on withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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    U.S. President Donald Trump plays host to a reception and meeting with U.S. congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L-R), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Vice President Mike Pence and Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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    U.S. President Donald Trump escorts British Prime Minister Theresa May after their meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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    U.S. President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office to Marine One upon his departure from the White House in Washington January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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    The Marine One helicopter transporting U.S. President Donald Trump is seen as it departs from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., for a trip to Philadelphia, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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    U.S. President Donald Trump (seated) is surrounded by staff and aides as he prepares to sign executive orders in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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    U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up to reporters as he waits to speak by phone with the Saudi Arabia's King Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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    U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to announce his nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the empty associate justice seat of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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    U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Matthew S Levatich, CEO of Harley Davidson during a visit of the company's executives at the White House in Washington U.S., February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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    The words "Oval Office" adorn the bottom of a coffee cup during a meeting hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump with county sheriffs at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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    A television plays a news report on former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus as night falls on the West Wing of White House in Washington, U.S., July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
  • White House Officials Speak To Television Media Day After News Reports Of Trump Discussing Classified Info With Russians
    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: The White House is seen May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump tweeted this morning saying he has the 'absolute right' to share information with Russia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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    With former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (L) at his side, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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    Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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    U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as he hosts a Congressional picnic event, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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    U.S. President Donald Trump (C) gathers with Congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the House of Representatives approved the American Healthcare Act, to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with the Republican healthcare plan, in Washington, U.S., May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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