In a revealing interview with the London Telegraph, Eric Trump confirmed that his sister, Ivanka, was the one who convinced her dad to attack Syria.
The middle Trump son apparently agreed to the interview in order to make the case that his father wasn’t in cahoots with Russian President Vladimir Putin, given the close relationship Putin has with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. However, the biggest revelation from the interview was a quick aside from Eric that First Daughter Ivanka Trump was “heartbroken and outraged” by Assad’s chemical weapons attack, and convinced her father to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase last Thursday.
“Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence. I’m sure she said ‘listen, this is horrible stuff.’ My father will act in times like that,” Eric Trump told the Telegraph.
The strike has had far-reaching effects on an already tense geopolitical situation in the region. Immediately after the attack, Russia’s navy sent a warship to the Mediterranean, where the U.S. ship that launched the missiles was stationed. More warships have just been deployed this week in response to the missile launch.
Russia has also appeared to take a much more stern approach with its U.S. foreign policy, as Putin has since stated he will not be meeting personally with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on his visit to Moscow this week, despite the longtime friendship between the two.
As the situation continues to intensify in Syria, Twitter’s political observers took President Trump to task for allowing his daughter — who has no foreign policy experience — to make complex foreign policy decisions for him. Others also lamented that while Ivanka Trump seems to care deeply about the Syrian people, she apparently lacks compassion for Americans suffering from her father’s policies:
Hey Eric Trump if Ivanka gets upset about a crumbling public school system will your dad do something about that, too?
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) April 11, 2017
So Ivanka can persuade her father to bomb Syria but not protect the EPA, public schools, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, Muslims, #BLM, etc.
— Andrea Chalupa (@AndreaChalupa) April 11, 2017
If Eric Trump is right and Ivanka was influential in Syria Strike, the U.S. is in more need of regime change than Syria.
— May Brian (@mabri1741) April 11, 2017
Eric Trump said the #SyriaStrikes were because Ivanka was heartbroken… If Daddy's little girl wants bombs, Daddy's little girl gets bombs!
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) April 11, 2017
@NBCNews Ivanka feels bad enough to suggest bombing Syria, but not bad enough to suggest taking in Syrian refugees? Wow, she's all heart.
— Amy Strauss Friedman (@amyfriedmanlit) April 11, 2017
And of course, some Twitter users mocked Ivanka’s resemblance to the Willy Wonka character Veruca Salt, a spoiled child who made unreasonable demands of her parents:
Wait. So Eric Trump says Ivanka swayed POTUS to bomb Syria? Where have I seen something like this before? pic.twitter.com/llEt2UDkb0
— Brittany Gibbons (@brittanyherself) April 11, 2017
Shorter Eric Trump: "Yeah, Ivanka's basically Veruca Salt." pic.twitter.com/8HnxC7cpyt
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) April 11, 2017
IVANKA: bomb syria
DONALD: move you're in the way of teevee
— Not Ryan Spilborghs (@IAmSpilly) April 11, 2017
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.