Eric Trump has said he is “sure” his sister Ivanka used her influence over their father to encourage the US president to launch military action against Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Donald Trump ordered air strikes against a Syrian air base last Thursday night in response to a chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime on Tuesday that killed at least 87 people including more than 30 children.
“Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence. I’m sure she said: ‘Listen, this is horrible stuff,’” Eric Trump told the Telegraph.“My father will act in times like that. And by the way, he was anti doing anything with Syria two years ago. Then a leader gasses their own people, women and children. At some point America is the global leader and the world’s superpower has to come forward and act and they did with a lot of support of our allies and I think that’s a great thing.”
Although he emphasised he was not part of the White House administration, Eric Trump said he could tell his father was “deeply affected” by the images of injured children in the aftermath of the chemical weapons attack, in Idlib province, north-east Syria.
“I stay out of politics and I stay out of the administration but you can tell he was deeply affected by those images of the children,” he said.
“There isn’t a single decent person in the world who saw those images and saw those kids being sprayed down by hoses to keep their skin from burning, who wasn’t deeply affected by what happened over there.
“It was horrible. These guys are savages and I’m glad he responded the way he responded.”
Ivanka Trump took on an official, unpaid role as Assistant to the President last month.
She has been a very visible presence during Mr Trump’s first three months in the White House, focusing on policies relating to women and workforce development.
Ms Trump has participated in meetings with Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. http://www.yegnagudday.com/2017/04/11/ivanka-trump-influenced-father-launch-syria-strikes-reveals-brother-eric/