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Majority of Americans worried Trump will get US into a war: Poll

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump speaks at a joint news conference held with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 18, 2018. (Getty Images)

A majority of Americans are concerned that US President Donald Trump will get the United States tied up in a new conflict, according to a new poll.

The YouGov poll released on Wednesday found that 56 percent of poll respondents said Trump will get the country into another war.

Some 28 percent thought it is “very likely” and 9 percent thought it was “fairly likely.” Just 16 percent thought it was “fairly unlikely,” and 9 percent thought it was “very unlikely.”

Even a large percentage of voters from Trump's own Republican Party think he'll likely get the United States into a war.

Some 30 percent of GOP respondents said it was likely, while 46 percent said it was unlikely and 85 percent of Democrats felt it was likely.

Americans' concerns about a potential war could have been fueled by a recent US -led missile strike on Syria ordered by Trump purportedly in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack.

But even before that military action ordered by Trump, surveys have shown that Americans generally think it's highly likely that Trump will get the US into a conflict.

For instance, a YouGov poll taken just before the Syria strikes found 52 percent of respondents thought it was likely Trump would get the US into a war.

A survey conducted in October by NBC News found that 72 percent of Americans said they are worried the country might get involved in a conflict over the next four years.

A group of US senators have put forth a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) bill that would limit Trump’s authority to attack other countries, days after he ordered the missile attack on Syria.

Unveiled on Monday by Senators Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Tim Kaine, a committee Democrat, the new AUMF bill allows any sitting US president to take military action against terror groups like al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Daesh and other non-state actors.

However, in order to attack any nation state, for instance Syria, the bill suggests that the president must first inform Congress and give lawmakers two months to decide whether military action is necessary.

Without any expiration date, the new AUMF will replace the 2001 war authorization act passed by Congress in the days following the September 11 attacks, which prompted a so-called War on Terror campaign that is still ongoing.

Trump did not seek congressional approval for the last week attack against several Syrian military targets, which was jointly carried out with the UK and France.


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