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Ivanka Pushed The President To Bomb Syria

| by David Bonner

President Donald Trump's daughter was a major influence on his decision to bomb Syrian government targets, according to a British diplomatic memo.

A cable briefing to Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson from Britain’s ambassador to Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, said Ivanka Trump helped persuade her father to carry out the strikes, reports The Sunday Times.

The first daughter is also an assistant to the president, and her husband, Jared Kushner, is a senior advisor.

The series of events began on April 4, when the Syrian government allegedly attacked the town of Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel stronghold, with sarin gas.

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Two days later, Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles against the Al Shayrat airfield in western Syria, where the chemical weapons attack originated.

Sources who read the cable from Ambassador Darroch said the first daughter's position on the atrocity was a "significant influence in the Oval Office."

Darroch reportedly cited a tweet sent by Ivanka in which she said she was "heartbroken and outraged by the images coming out of Syria following the atrocious chemical attack."

The decision to attack the Syrian government contradicted Trump's previous position on the matter.

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When former President Obama wanted to attack the Assad regime in 2013 after an even deadlier sarin attack, Trump tweeted: "The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria -- big mistake if he does not!"

Obama did attempt to get Congress to approve an attack on Syria, but Congress turned him down. At the time, Trump praised the congressional decision, saing that it "may have saved us from doing a horrible and very costly (in more ways than money) attack on Syria!"

The missile strike against the Syrian government, a Russian ally, also put Trump's friendly relationship with Vladimir Putin's country in jeopardy.

Putin's office called the missile strike a "significant blow" to the Russian-American relationship, while Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev said it had "completely ruined" it, reports The New York Times.

The Russian Embassy in London further warned that there would be a "real war" if Washington gives Moscow an ultimatum over Syria.

But Ivanka Trump wholeheartedly approved of her father's action and said as much on Twitter: "The times we are living in call for difficult decisions. Proud of my father for refusing to accept these horrendous crimes against humanity."

In 1925, the League of Nations adopted the Geneva Protocol -- an international treaty that prohibited the use of chemical and biological weapons.  However, the U.S. did not ratify it until 1975, according to the State Department. Syria signed it and ratified it in 2013.

Sources: The Sunday Times, The New York Times, U.S. Department of State / Photo Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA/Wikimedia Commons

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