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Is Donald Trump losing his authority?

After sustaining a brutal defeat over the government shutdown and seeing his approval ratings drop dramatically, President Trump was handed yet another blow from Congress. Days after the shutdown ended, a bipartisan majority of the Senate voted to advance legislation expressing strong opposition to Trump's withdrawal of U.S. troops in the Middle East. Many see the president as a weak leader without support. The president and his supporters maintain he is still an effective leader. What do you think?

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Congress, which was once firmly on the side of the president, has now rebuked him on two separate occasions for his foreign policy. Per the New York Times:

In December, 56 senators voted to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen in what was the strongest show of bipartisan defiance against Mr. Trump’s defense of the kingdom over the killing of a dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
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Some in Congress have started turning against Trump's efforts to attach border wall spending to the federal budget, policy on which they were once unified in their support of the president. FiveThirtyEight explains: 

The public response had clear effects in Congress. Congressional Republicans had been unified behind the president in the early stages of the shutdown, but cracks started to emerge as it dragged on. In public, this was demonstrated on Thursday by six Senate Republicans voting for legislation put forward by Senate Democrats that would fund the government without money for the wall. And, in private, disagreement with the president’s strategy extended beyond those six. A meeting between Senate Republicans and Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday reportedly turned into a venting session, with some senators scolding Pence for the White House’s strategy. Among the critics was Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has the power to bring forward legislation, whether Trump likes it or not.
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However some polls, including one from CNN, show the president is still holding strong with his base of Republican voters. 

According to CNN's most recent polling, conducted in January during the partial shutdown, 81% of Republicans approve of the job Trump is doing as president and 16% disapprove. While 81% is on the low end for approval of Trump's approval among Republicans, it's around the same as President Barack Obama's two years in to his first term (84% approval among Democrats).
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Interviews with former Trump voters shows a different picture. The Washington Post interviewed several people who voted for Trump and now feel he has been an ineffective and destructive leader.

While Trump’s relationship with much of his base remains strong, two years after his inauguration his ties are fraying with voters like Daudert, the kind who voted in droves for Trump in key pockets throughout the industrial Midwest, flipping previously Democratic states to him in 2016. The shutdown fight, as it has played out over the past month, is further eroding the president’s support among voters who like the idea of beefing up border security — but not enough to close the government.
...“It’s silly. It’s destructive,” Daudert said, adding that all he knows about 2020 is that he won’t be supporting Trump. “I was certainly for the anti-status quo . . . I’ll be more status quo next time.”
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Trump's team maintains he is strong enough to lead the country effectively and still has the support of the American people. Politico reports his team feel the government shutdown has actually increased his support in some places, according to an internal poll. 

In the memo, the pollsters wrote that 61 percent “support the president’s position on border security,” and that “52 percent of voters agree that ‘the current situation at the border between the United States and Mexico represents a national security threat to the US.’”
They also said that 53 percent “support ‘building a border wall or barrier to improve security between the US and Mexico.’”

Some, like Vox, have disputed the methodology and conclusions drawn by Trump's team.

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Some Trump supporters say he is doing exactly what they had hoped he would do in office. Per an op-ed in the Boston Herald

Now, rather than “caving,” Trump is making a new effort — advancing in another direction — to get the nation’s business done. He’s signed an order to reopen the government for three weeks to open the door for negotiation.
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