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President Trump defends base amid reports that it is shrinking

President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to defend himself against reports that his base is being chipped away. "The Trump base is far bigger [and] stronger than ever before (despite some phony Fake News polling)," he said. "Look at rallies in [Pennsylvania], Iowa, Ohio, and West Virginia. The fact is the Fake News Russian collusion story, record stock market, border security, military strength, jobs, Supreme Court pick, economic enthusiasm, deregulation [and] so much more have driven the Trump base even closer together. Will never change!"

A recent poll by the Republican firm Firehouse Strategies found that "Trump's base of support has shrunk from 35.3 percent of voters who have a 'strongly favorable' view of him in April to only 28.6 percent," Axios writes.

Additionally, alt-right personality Mike Cernovich announced last week that "backing Trump has been bad for business" and that there is "no upside” to "getting Trump's message out.”