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Frustration With Trump Builds Among Support Base

| by Jordan Smith

Some of President Donald Trump's most fervent supporters during his election campaign are beginning to question whether he will stick to his promises while in the White House.

That's according to a number of Trump loyalists who were interviewed by Politico.

One issue that has reportedly antagonized Trump supporters was the demotion of Stephen Bannon, a nationalist and the president's top political adviser. 

"Donald Trump dropped an emotional anchor. He captured how Americans feel," Tania Vojvodic, who organized a group of volunteers to campaign for Trump, told Politico. "We expect him to keep his word, and right now he's not keeping his word."

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Trump appears to have shifted from Bannon to more moderate advisers, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Others have complained about Trump's failure to move faster on immigration, such as by doing away with the program implemented by former President Barack Obama under which immigrants who arrived illegally as children are allowed to remain in the country.

"I'm not so infatuated with Trump that I can't see the facts," added Vojvodic. "People's belief, their trust in him, it's declining."

The demotion of Bannon also caused concern for Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a close Trump ally.

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"A lot of us look at Steve Bannon as the voice of conservatism in the White House," King told Politico.

Trump's missile strike on Syria on April 6 was seen by some of his supporters as a betrayal of his "America First" agenda. He then shifted his position towards the NATO military alliance April 12, declaring that it was no longer obsolete.

"Trump voters felt like they were voting for an anti-establishment candidate -- and they're terrified, they're losing faith," radio host John Cardillo said. "They're saying 'Why does he have these people around him?'"

Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary, rejected the suggestion April 13 that Trump's failure to label China a "currency manipulator," which he said he would do during the campaign, did not represent a retreat.

"The president's tough talk on a variety of subjects was to get results for the American people. That's what he has pledged to do, to get more jobs here, to grow more manufacturing, to keep our country safe," Spicer said. "At the end of the day, this is always about developing a better situation for the American people and I think he's done that."

A poll released by Investor Business Daily/TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence in early April lends weight to the comments expressing growing doubts from Trump supporters. IBD/TIPP found that the president's approval rating dropped to 34 percent, with support among Republicans down 14 percent to 74 percent, compared to 88 percent in March.

Among white men, Trump's approval rating dropped from 58 percent to 49 percent, while 29 percent of independents backed the president compared to 40 percent in March. The poll was conducted March 24 to 30.

Sources: Politico, Newsweek / Photo credit: U.S. Air National Guard/Wikimedia Commons

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