A new poll found almost two-thirds of Americans believe President Trump is his own worst spokesman and does more harm than good when representing the administration.
According to the poll from Monmouth University released Wednesday, 61 percent of Americans believe the president does more to hurt his own cause. Only 33 percent believe he helps his administration when he speaks publicly.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also tend to harm, rather than help, the administration. Spicer and Conway are the two most prominent public advocates for Trump, as the former does the daily press briefing from the White House and the latter has become a prominent cable news figure while advocating for Trump.
The administration representative who best helps the president is Vice President Mike Pence, according to the poll. More than half of those polled, 53 percent, believe Pence helps the president, compared to 29 percent who said he did more harm.
"This is the epitome of a no-win situation. It's not as if Trump's appointed spokespeople are doing worse than the man himself," said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. "It may simply be an impossible task to represent this president and come off as credible."
"It shouldn't escape D.C.'s attention that the vice president is seen as a better mouthpiece for the administration than the man who actually occupies the Oval Office, even among their fellow Republicans," Murray said.