Trump Could Be Starting A War That Most Americans Don’t Trust Him To Manage
Iran fired a series of ballistic missiles on Tuesday evening toward military bases in Iraq housing American soldiers.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, the Associated Press reported, although several buildings were still being searched. The attacks came about in retaliation for an ordered airstrike late last week, on orders from President Donald Trump, to assassinate Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qasem Soleimani while he was in Baghdad.
Many on social media openly worried that the military back-and-forth actions by the U.S. and Iran were bringing the two nations closer to war.
If war does break out, it will happen under very peculiar circumstances for a U.S. president, as a large number of Americans won’t view him as up to the task for leading the nation through it, at least initially.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday, a majority of Americans, 54 percent, disapprove of Trump’s handling of issues related to Iran. Only 37 percent — fewer than 2-in-5 Americans — say they approve of the way Trump has handled the issue.
Overall, Americans give Trump bad marks on his job as president, with 54 percent saying they disapprove of his performance, and just 41 percent saying they approve. Twenty-nine percent say the country is on the right track, while 56 percent say it’s heading in the wrong direction.
The poll from Reuters/Ipsos matches other findings from other polls, including a HuffPost/YouGov poll reported on by HillReporter.com earlier on Tuesday.
A new poll shows the public is narrowly in favor of the airstrike, but has less faith in Trump's overall Iran strategy. https://t.co/UWDeHEV1Mr
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) January 6, 2020
Registered voters in that poll do not believe Trump has a clear strategy for how to handle the growing tensions with Iran, with 35 percent saying he does and 51 percent saying he doesn’t. That poll also found more Americans trust Democrats to handle relations with that country than do Republicans.
Trump’s foreign policy, in general, is low in that poll as well, with 42 percent saying they approve of his job as president with regard to that issue, while 53 percent say they disapprove of how he’s handling world issues.
If the numbers remain true in the days ahead, they could have an effect on whether Trump declares future military operations in the region. Most presidents begin wars or military engagements with high marks, but with Trump, public opinion would start off low for him on the issue, should a war indeed break out.