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Did military action in Syria turn President Trump's base away from him?

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This frame grab from video provided by this militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows black smoke rises from a suicide bomb attacked Syrian government forces positions, in western Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. (militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front, via AP)

After steadily decreasing for four weeks in a row, approval ratings for President Donald Trump saw a slight bump last week, after the White House conducted military strikes in Syria following the chemical weapons attack there.

The airstrikes in Syria earned President Trump praise from Republicans and Democrats alike.

“It’s refreshing to see the president state a policy and then follow through on it,” said Sen. Luther Strange (R-Alabama).

“I believe it was the right thing to do to go after that airfield.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota).

But while many in Washington applauded the move, some others who supported Trump very early in the campaign say they may be having a change of heart.

“There are some America firsters who are very upset about this,” said George Washington University Political Science Professor Dr. Michael Cohen in an interview Thursday, referring to voters who largely supported Trump’s campaign trail promises to always put America first.

There were dozens of examples on Twitter from some of the president’s original and loyal supporters, worried he’s turned away from that promise, including a tweet from @BasedMonitored:

Another former supporter, Paul Joseph Watson, declared “I’m officially off the Trump train.”

Other frustrations from Donald Trump’s earliest supporters include his appointment of so many former Wall Street Executives. Some have even said he’s filling the swamp he promised to drain.

Professor Cohen said it’s a reality many presidents face.

“Under the Obama administration you had the ultra-liberals versus the conventionalists. George W. Bush had to deal with the ultra-conservatives, the religious conservatives as well,” he said, adding that the real test will come during the mid-term elections when voters will see if that change in support will translate at the polls.

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