Republican infighting on national security is threatening to erode voter confidence in their leadership on the eve of President-elect Trump’s inauguration.

Congressional Republicans, having gained from voters’ dissatisfaction with President Obama’s stewardship of international affairs, are worried that they could get similar political blowback if they and Trump can’t unify on key national security issues.

In the spotlight this week is their disagreement over the effectiveness of U.S. intelligence capabilities and the danger posed by Russian cyberwarfare. But still lurking is a lack of harmony on broader issues, like NATO and exactly what to do about Islamic radicalism.

Republicans are concerned that failure to resolve differences could give Americans the impression that they are unprepared to handle major national security threats and spur voters to place a check on their full control of Washington in the next election.

“It’s hugely important that we’re on the same page when it comes to national security issues,” Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado is chairman of the NRSC, the Senate GOP campaign arm charged with leading the party’s effort to win seats in the 2018 midterms.

He won his Senate seat in 2014 in a closely fought race, and acutely recalls how the explosion of the civil war in Syria, Obama’s discarding of his red line for retaliation over Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and the rise of the Islamic State, led to a feeling of insecurity and chaos that helped cost the Democrats several seats in 2014.

“I think it’s very important that the House, the Senate and the White House work together on national security issues, and obviously 15 days now from the swearing-in of the new president, that’s an important issue,” Gardner told the Washington Examiner.

Policy disagreements between Trump, a populist and unconventional Republican, and his allies in Congress are nothing new. They were evident throughout the 2016 campaign on a range of issues, national security among them.

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But they have been magnified recently by Trump’s sharp and unusual questioning of the efficacy of U.S. intelligence gathering.

The president-elect even sided with Julian Assange, who has worked to undermine American diplomacy and national security by leaking sensitive information on his website, “Wikileaks,” over U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies on the matter of Russian cyber warfare.

Top Republicans are quietly concerned about Trump’s behavior.

But they seem content to treat the episode as holdover from the campaign and a broader criticism of the Obama administration, and they expect that Trump’s tune will change once he’s the president and responsible for keeping the country safe.

“When he gets his team in place, new CIA director, the new [Director of National Intelligence] and others, I think he’ll more inclined to have confidence in them,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said. “We’re still coming off of a hotly contested election.”

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U.S. intelligence has determined that Moscow engaged in cyber warfare and propaganda in a bid to meddle in the presidential election, possibly to boost Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump has reacted negatively to that theory, treating it as an attempt by Democrats and the Obama administration to undermine the legitimacy of his victory.

He has reacted by casting doubt on intelligence findings and suggested that Assange, who has denied that the material it leaked during the campaign came from Russia, is more credible than the U.S. government.

But in the meantime, Republicans focused on national security worry that U.S. intelligence gathering abroad could be hampered if the impression is that the material they provide to American spies, often at risk to their own lives, won’t be appreciated or believed.

“I really worry about the people that we’re trying to recruit,” Rooney said. “We have to be very cognizant of — from the top level all the way down to that guy, that person in some foreign country that’s thinking about sharing information with one of our intelligence officers.”

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