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Ruddy: Trump 'Resilient' & 'Relaxed' Despite Media Attacks

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By    |   Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 03:03 PM

Amid a constant barrage of media attacks, President Donald Trump remains "resilient" because he's accustomed to handling numerous undertakings simultaneously, Newsmax founder Christopher Ruddy told CNN host Michael Smerconish on Saturday.

"This man is extremely resilient. I've known him for a long time. I've always found when things are tough, he's actually more resilient, more relaxed. He can deal with numerous problems, issues, crises going on at the same time," Ruddy, who is also a friend of the president, said Saturday.

"For Donald Trump, handling a number of things, this is like easy stuff. I think what we've seen here is there's an adjustment period for him. He's never been president, there's no on-the-job training for it," he added.

Ruddy said the president was "holding up great" despite poll numbers that show him hovering around the 40 percent approval rating, and pointed out that "90-plus percent [of people who voted for him] are still with him."

"He's very open to constructive criticism. What I think bothers him the most are unfair attacks against him, personal attacks," he said.

Ruddy explained while media coverage focused on issues, such as what Attorney General Jeff Sessions said to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, CNN focused "zero" attention to a Senate intelligence report released earlier this month on the volume of leaks coming from internal U.S. security agencies that were "harmful to the country."

"Why are there so many internal government leaks, that are illegal, being made against the president?" Ruddy asked, pointing out that Newsmax worked to provide a "fair balance" of news coverage because he felt "we have a duty as journalists, as media people to give the public both sides."

Ruddy also explained Trump had similar approval ratings to those of former President Barack Obama.

"Barack Obama spent almost his entire eight years between 38 percent and 42 percent," he explained. "I never heard anyone say on CNN, MSNBC that he had poor approval numbers, even though he was at basically where Trump is."

He also said it was worth pointing out that Trump's approval numbers had remained steady despite the constant media attacks.

"The first six months we've never had a president that's ever suffered the attacks he's suffered," Ruddy said, adding he had encouraged Trump to "reach to the center" to succeed on policy issues.

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