A new poll shows that more Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani than disapprove.
The poll, conducted by YouGov for the Huffington Post, shows that while 43 percent of respondents say they approve of the air strike, 38 percent disapprove.
Soleimani, Iran’s second most influential man, was killed on Jan.3 in a drone attack ordered by President Trump, who said the military leader posed a threat to his country.
Of the 43 percent who approved the decision, 30 percent said they strongly approved of it.
Another 19 percent said they were not sure whether they approved or disapproved of the deadly air attack.
The paper, released Monday, included responses from 1,000 American adults surveyed Jan. 3-5.
Critics of the White House decision argued that the attack on one of Iran’s top leaders could escalate tensions in the Middle East. Meanwhile, supporters of President Trump’s decision argued that Soleimani was a real terrorist threat to U.S. citizens.
“We would have been culpably negligent had we not taken this action,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a dialogue with NBC.
Major European leaders also supported Washington’s decision.
A joint statement by Britain, Germany, and France said Iran must act now to reduce tensions and show a degree of restraint.
“We specifically call on Iran to refrain from further violent action or proliferation, and urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the JCPOA,” the text quoted by Express said.
The Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) is the nuclear agreement signed between the world powers and Tehran. The United States left the pact, hand in hand with Donald Trump, after demonstrating that the Iranian regime had not kept its word by continuing to enrich uranium for war purposes.
After the recent attack commanded by the United States, Iran announced that it was withdrawing from the agreement.
“General Qassem Soleimani posed a threat to all our interests and was responsible for a pattern of disruptive in the region,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
“Given the leading role he has played in actions that have led to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and western personnel, we will not lament his death,” the senior official added according to an Express report.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed concern about “the destabilizing activities of the Quds Force under the authority of Qassem Soleimani,” and reiterated “the need for Iran to end them now and abstain from any military escalation that could further aggravate regional instability,” according to Reuters.