- The Washington Times - Monday, April 10, 2017

Most Americans say they approve of the recent air strike campaign in Syria, but fewer say they want to see ground troops involved in any further military engagement, according to a poll released Monday.

Fifty-seven percent said they approve of the strikes, which were ordered by President Trump in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad, the CBS News poll said.

However, just 18 percent said they would want to see ground troops sent in going forward.

Mr. Trump’s job approval rating improved slightly in the survey, to 43 percent, with 49 percent disapproving.

Seven in 10 said they think Mr. Trump should get authorization from Congress before any further action against Syria.

Pushes for congressional approval to engage in Syria, both to fight the Islamic State terrorist group and to respond to Mr. Assad, failed during the former Obama administration.

Mr. Assad was famously given a “red line” ultimatum on chemical weapons by former President Obama that the Syrian president arguably proceeded to violate anyway.

Congress is also currently on a two-week recess.

The survey of 1,006 U.S. adults was conducted from April 7-9, with a potential sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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