Trump Breaks From Vacation to Tweet Criticism of Media and Rally His Base

The president, who has not been seen in public since arriving, cited this to argue that he was not really on vacation and noted that he will travel to New York for work during the second half of his getaway. He had earlier insisted that Congress not go on vacation until it passed legislation repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law, but the bill was defeated in the Senate and lawmakers have now left town.

“Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation,” he wrote. “Going to New York next week for more meetings.”

His staff later reported that he received his daily intelligence briefing and held an hourlong call with Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson who updated the president about his trip to Asia and discussed North Korea with him. John F. Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, who spent the weekend in New Jersey with the president, also joined the call.

Mr. Trump’s boasts about his support among his base illustrated his focus on holding his core backers even as polls show that his approval ratings have continued to fall across the board. The latest Quinnipiac University survey earlier this month showed that 33 percent of Americans approved of the job that Mr. Trump is doing, the lowest of his presidency.

His approval remains stronger among Republicans than the general public, although his support has fallen within his own party as well. Seventy-six percent of Republicans approved of Mr. Trump’s performance in the Quinnipiac survey, down from 81 percent in June. White Americans with no college degrees, often considered central to his political support, now disapprove of his performance more than they approve, 50 percent to 43 percent. Just two months ago, it was the opposite: 46 percent approved and 43 percent did not.

In his morning tweets, Mr. Trump went after some of his most consistent targets, including The New York Times and Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of…

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