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Trump mostly praised by his opponents for Syria war: Analyst

Most American citizens who voted for US President Donald Trump are critical and worried about his aggressive foreign policy manifested in his administration’s decision to strike war-torn Syria, says a former US foreign policy adviser and diplomat.

“It’s interesting that Trump has been praised mostly by people who did not support him and in fact hate him and are trying to remove him from office, and some are even criticizing him that he did not go far enough,” James Jatras said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

Jatras was elaborating on how the “political class” in Washington are the minority supporting Trump’s war policy while his majority conservative base is critical of his foreign policy and adventurism that stands contrary to his “America First” motto.    

Conservative backlash  

Trump has been criticized over his decision to strike Syria again by some of his most vociferous conservative supporters wary of US involvement overseas.

Some Republicans on Capitol Hill criticized the president for acting without congressional authorization.

In an op-ed published Tuesday by CNN, Republican Senator Rand Paul urged Trump to “trust [his] gut” and not get involved further in Syria.

“President Trump is listening far too much to the foreign policy swamp that he fought against,” Paul wrote.

“We need to rebuild our military, not overuse it policing the world and nation-building. President Trump knew it when he was running for office. He even knew it two weeks ago when he instructed his foreign policy team to get out of Syria. But he's listened to some bad advice from the same people who created many of these messes in the first place.”

Republican Congressman Thomas Massie, who believes the strikes were unconstitutional, said Trump’s advisers are in conflict with the president’s instincts.

“I think his instincts were right,” Massie said. “I think his instincts are still right, and I think he’s surrounded by people who are pushing him against his instincts.”

Far-right pundits have also brutally reacted to Trump’s decision to attack Syria. Infowars host Alex Jones said, “He was doing good and that’s what makes it so bad.”  

“If he had been a piece of crap from the beginning, it wouldn’t be so bad. We’ve made so many sacrifices and now he’s crapping all over us. It makes me sick,” Jones said.

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