GOP will shrug off stories about Trump not visiting troops, says pollster

Pollster Mallory Newall said Wednesday that Republican voters are likely to shrug off stories about President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE not visiting U.S. troops in war zones.

Newall said many GOP voters will simply not believe the stories. 

"In some early Ipsos polling, that we did earlier this year about Americans' trust in the media, we found that nearly half of Republicans say that the media is the enemy of the American people," Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"So if we're having conversations in the media about why the president is or is not visiting troops, you've got a whole section of this country, his base, that I think is going to be less likely to buy into that."

Trump said on Tuesday that he plans to visit a war zone in the future, but did not specify when or where. 

A new American Barometer survey released on Wednesday found that 88 percent of voters said that it was important that Trump make visits to troops in war zones, while only 12 percent said it was not important. 

The Washington Post reported earlier this week that one of the reasons Trump has not yet visited troops in a war zone is because he is concerned for his own safety. 

— Julia Manchester