President Trump’s approval rating rose sharply days after he commanded strikes on top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Mahdi al Muhandis in Baghdad.
The president’s rating rebounded considerably since dropping during the several months that House Democrats investigated his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Trump notched a 45.3% approval mark, matching a local high recorded on Sept. 24, 2019, according to RealClearPolitics. His disapproval rating is down to 52.3% from a high of 58.1% on Dec. 16, 2017.
Trump ordered airstrikes in Iraq after Iranian-backed fighters circled the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and chanted “Death to America” on New Year’s Eve. In remarks given a day after the strikes, Trump said he will “eliminate” terrorists that threaten America.
Former President Barack Obama recorded an approval rating of 46.8% at the same point of his first term in office.