New poll shows majority disapprove of Trump's handling of Iran

The White House is facing new questions about the intelligence behind the strike on Iran’s top commander and a new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows over half the country disapproves of how Trump is handling Iran.
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Transcript for New poll shows majority disapprove of Trump's handling of Iran
We go to the white house now where the president and his team are facing new questions about the strike on the top commander and our latest ABC news poll shows more than half the country disapproves of how the president is handling Iran. We want to bring in our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega. We have seen the president's own defense secretary saying he hasn't seen the evidence behind trump's claim soleimani was targeting four U.S. Embassies. Reporter: Exactly, George. This started on Friday when it was said he believed the Iranians were going to target those four embassies, and then mark Esper went on TV and seem essentially said he saw no such threat. It was a head scratcher because the secretary then attempted to not outright contradict the president saying, basically that the president's interpretation of the intelligence that led to this attack was correct. It is just the latest example -- you know this, of all the mixed messaging over the origins on this strike of soleimani, and of course, it's going to play into Democrats' and even some Republicans' criticism of the origins of this. They say they have yet to see evidence of the administration's initial claim that this threat was imminent. And ke Celia, this is happening as the impeachment trial is set to begin this week. House speaker Nancy Pelosi saying she's going to send the articles of impeachment. The president has been all over the map on what he wants on witnesses and a trial, and he seems to be calling for a dismissal which is not Mitch Mcconnell's plan. Reporter: He is certainly frustrated into this historic week. You have said it, all over the a number of tweets on impeachment. He initially said he wanted to call on more witnesses and suggesting Nancy Pelosi might be one of them, and then he said this, dismiss the trial outright saying it gave the partisan Democrats credibility on this case that it doesn't otherwise have. It doesn't appear though, George, that the Republicans have the support for an outright dismissal and we could be looking at a trial starting in a matter of days. Thanks very much.

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