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Trump enters 2020 with rock solid base

His approval rating is at highest in almost 3 years; independents also approve of him

A supporter giving the thumbs-up while waiting for the motorcade carrying President Donald Trump to Mar-a-Largo, Florida, on Monday. Mr Trump is riding high in the polls, with supporters of the view that he has delivered on a host of high-profile iss
A supporter giving the thumbs-up while waiting for the motorcade carrying President Donald Trump to Mar-a-Largo, Florida, on Monday. Mr Trump is riding high in the polls, with supporters of the view that he has delivered on a host of high-profile issues including a strong economy, curbing immigration and building his border wall as well as the appointment of conservative judges. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

President Donald Trump enters 2020 with solid support from Republicans, for whom despite the controversy and outrage that he generates seemingly every day - or in some cases because of it - his administration has been a thumping success.

Certainly, the US President has compromised on some issues. And he has failed to provide a better substitute for healthcare to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, which he pronounces is a "disaster".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2020, with the headline 'Trump enters 2020 with rock solid base'. Subscribe