Examiner: Trump voter base would recoil at attack on Venezuela or Iran, backers warn

US Navy aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, 2005, photograph by US Navy
President Trump would destabilize his reelection coalition if he attacks Iran or Venezuela, supporters and outside observers say, as key administration officials threaten war. Wars often rally the public around a president, but a Trump-led intervention might hurt him.

Trump is nearly alone inside the West Wing as the voice for military restraint following a phase-out of grassroots backers, five former White House aides say, leaving the often mercurial president with advisers pushing in one direction.

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