Biden jokes he may not return from Spain as approval ratings dip

That’s it really kidding though?

President Biden joked Tuesday that he may not return from Spain as his average approval rating hit an all-time low amid the worst inflation since 1981 and record-high gas prices.

Biden made the remark to Spanish King Philip VI in an apparent bid to compliment the beauty of the royal palace in Madrid.

“There’s an old expression in a little town in Delaware called Claymont, Del, a little steel town. And they say, ‘We’re like poor relatives. We show up when we’re invited and we stay longer than we should.’ So be careful. We may not go back,” Biden joked.

At home, Biden’s average approval rating is at a record-low 38.8%, with 56.9% of Americans disapproving of his performance, according to RealClearPolitics. Former President Donald Trump’s approval rating was 43.3% at the same point in his presidency.

Although elected president in 2020 with the most votes in US history, Biden’s popularity plunged during last August’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal and has remained low, dragging on Democratic hopes to beat back Republicans in November congressional elections.

A majority of media polls show President Joe Biden averaging less than 45 percent approval ratings.
A majority of media polls show President Joe Biden averaging less than 45 percent approval ratings.
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A RealClear Politics poll shows President Joe Biden's approval rating plummeting to 38.8 percent.
A RealClearPolitics poll shows President Joe Biden’s approval rating plummeting to 38.8 percent.
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President Joe Biden meets with Spain's King Felipe VI and the Spanish delegation at the Royal Palace of Madrid in Madrid, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
President Joe Biden referred to the small Delaware town of Claymont while talking to Spanish King Philip VI.
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Spanish King Philip VI welcomes President Joe Biden to the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain.
Spanish King Philip VI welcomes President Joe Biden to the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain.
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US President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Spain's King Felipe VI at the Royal Palace ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, June 28, 2022.
Republicans have criticized President Joe Biden for allowing a fatal smuggling incident in San Antonio, Texas.
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Biden, who mistakenly illegally referred to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as the country’s “president” while addressing the king, faces public anger about economic woes as well as disgruntlement a range of other issues including rising violent crime and four-decade-high immigration, according to polls.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week found Biden with just 36% approval overall, with 34% of people rating the economy as their top concern, followed by 10% saying crime and 6% each citing immigration, the environment and inequality.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll also released last week found Biden with a 42% approval rating, but with a lower 32% approval rating for his handling of the economy.

Spanish King Philip VI laughs at an apparent joke from President Joe Biden.
Spanish King Philip VI laughs at an apparent joke from President Joe Biden.
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US President Joe Biden, left and Spain's King Felipe walk up the stairs of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday June 28, 2022. North Atlantic Treaty Organization heads of state will meet for a NATO summit in Madrid from Tuesday through Thursday.
President Joe Biden reportedly attempted to compliment the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain.
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Progressive Democrats have blasted President Joe Biden for not doing enough to protect abortion rights in the wake of the Supreme Court overturn the decision.
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US President Joe Biden (L) and Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez give a press conference after a meeting at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, on the sidelines of the summit of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on June 28, 2022.
President Joe Biden and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gave a press conference at the La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain on June 28, 2022.
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Biden is attending a meeting of NATO leaders in Madrid to discuss efforts to arm Ukraine to fight off Russia’s more than four-month-old invasion. He arrived in Spain Tuesday after attending the G-7 summit in Germany.

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