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Trump touts economic growth, but it hasn't lifted his support — or his party's election prospects

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump jauntily celebrated the strong growth numbers released on Friday, appearing in the sun-kissed Rose Garden to claim credit for a humming economy. Yet his own numbers - for the public's approval - remain unusually low for a president presiding over good times.

It's the paradox of his presidency: "If it were anybody but Donald J. Trump, the approval numbers would be astronomical," said Peter D. Hart, a Democratic pollster.

The disconnect reflects the current political moment, dominated by a polarizing president focused on pleasing his limited base of supporters on the right while - by his pugnacious conduct and ongoing scandals - further alienating most Americans regardless

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