President Donald Trump and his allies continue to defend his decision to launch an air strike against top Iranian military official, Qasem Soleimani, citing the hundreds of Americans who died at Soleimani's hands.
Trump launched the strike in retaliation to the death of an American military translator and protestors storming the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
While it isn't disputed that Soleimani was an enemy to the United States, the operation has been heavily criticized for dramatically escalating tensions with Iran and prompting retaliatory strikes on Iraqi military bases where U.S. troops were stationed.
Trump and his administration insist that the United States is safer, but a poll from USA Today and Ipsos indicates that Americans believe otherwise.
USA Today poll taken Tuesday & Wednesday has catastrophic political news for Trump on Iran. I bet White House polli… https://t.co/Oi9JCQcek8— David Frum (@David Frum)1578576817.0
According to the results, 55 percent of Americans think the attack on Soleimani made Americans "somewhat" or "much less" safe.
Another 52% believe the air strike, which Trump executed without notifying congressional leadership, was reckless.
If Twitter is any additional indication, the opinion is a common one.
Trump’s reckless assassination of Soleimani—w/out providing any evidence to the American people or Congress of an i… https://t.co/zta6eUT1ph— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@Rep. Pramila Jayapal)1578450256.0
@MSNBC Opening another opportunity for Russia to gain another foothold in the Middle East. Putin continues to pla… https://t.co/xZ0yTKTKSs— Dino (@Dino)1578664284.0
@MSNBC The sad part is that its only 52%. Too many people not educated in history and the ways of war— Joan Klingsberg Work (@Joan Klingsberg Work)1578663901.0
@MSNBC It should have been 100%— True South African (@True South African)1578672892.0
@MSNBC The other 48% need to wake up.— Jim M (@Jim M)1578664068.0
@RobertCooper58 @joncoopertweets I’ve felt less safe since this Russian agent became president.— X͟͟L͟͟V͟͟2P͟͟R͟͟I͟͟S͟͟O͟͟N͟͟ (@X͟͟L͟͟V͟͟2P͟͟R͟͟I͟͟S͟͟O͟͟N͟͟)1578665184.0
Trump is so stupid. And reckless. Bad combination. "Before Iran’s apparent retaliation, Trump argued to aides that… https://t.co/sC9DrwqRVN— Mark Elliott (@Mark Elliott)1578488998.0
War with Iran appears to be off the table for the moment, but Trump's actions have undoubtedly made the situation with Iran is the most fraught it's been in years.