President Donald Trump received higher approval rating in the Rasmussen Reports’ first daily poll of 2020 after the president ordered an airstrike attack, killing Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iran’s Quds Force, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization.

Rasmussen’s daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday, Jan. 3, shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approved of President Trump’s job performance, up two percentage points from Dec. 31, 2019.

Early on Jan. 3, the U.S. military, at the direction of President Trump, conducted a rocket attack on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, killing Soleimani and some other Iranian officials.

In its statement, the Pentagon explained, “Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” conducting the recent attacks on U.S. troops and embassy in Baghdad, and the “strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.”

In a brief address on Friday, President Trump said the killing of Soleimani, “the number-one terrorist anywhere in the world,” is what the United States “should have done long ago. A lot of lives would have been saved.”

“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him,” he said.

The Rasmussen poll also found that the same percentage of voters (50%) disapproved the president’s performance for Jan. 3.

Rasmussen also revealed President Trump’s monthly approval rating, which shows President Trump earned a monthly job approval of 49% in December 2019, is up two points from November despite his impeachment by House Democrats.

His December rating was now just one point shy of his high for 2019 of 50% in April.