• As numbers plunge… Trump warns of ‘calm before the storm’… attacks contraception coverage… moves to nix banking regulations

• Get the day’s politics news in 60 seconds every weekday. By Tom McCarthy

Only 24% of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction, according to an AP poll. That’s a 10-point drop since June. 67% of Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump’s doing, including about a third of Republicans.

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Trump was expected to withdraw his endorsement of the nuclear deal with Iran next week, and used a group photograph before a dinner with military leaders and their spouses to warn cryptically that the evening represented “the calm before the storm”.

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