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Ivanka Suggests Openness To Letting In Syrian Refugees

| by Lauren Briggs

Ivanka Trump indicated on April 26 that she might support opening up the border to allow Syrian refugees into the U.S., despite her father's firm stance against it.

"I think there is a global humanitarian crises that is happening, and we have to come together and we have to solve it," the first daughter and advisor to President Donald Trump told NBC's "Today" show while visiting Germany.

Opening up the borders, she added, "has to be part of the discussion, but that’s not going to be enough in and of itself."

After frequently discussing the issue during his campaign, President Trump signed an executive order in March to indefinitely suspend the Syrian refugee program and to temporarily prevent people from traveling to the U.S. from the Muslim-majority nation and five others.

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During his campaign, he described the Syrian refugee program as an opportunity for terrorists to sneak into the country by the thousands, especially the ones who bring "no documentation" and "no anything" with them, according to the Daily Mail.

"We want to take care of people, but we absolutely cannot allow this potential tremendous threat to continue, and we have to stop this," the then-presidential candidate said at a 2015 rally in Tennessee. "This is going to be potentially a catastrophe for our country. It's from within. It could be the all-time great Trojan Horse."

But Trump's 35-year-old daughter has said previously that she does not shy away from disagreeing with her father.

"There are multiple ways to have your voice heard," Ivanka told "CBS This Morning" in an interview that aired on April 5, according to Politico. "In some cases, it’s through protest and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue on which you disagree with. Other times, it is quietly and directly and candidly. Where I disagree with my father, he knows it. And I express myself with total candor."

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She went on to explain that most of her disagreements with her father are kept private and that "over time most people will not actually know about" the ways in which she impacts the president's decisions.

Some of those quiet moments, she said, are those in which they agree with each other. 

For example, the president reportedly spoke to the mother of three before launching missiles toward Syria after the nation's President Bashar Assad allegedly used chemical weapons against his own people.

"I, of course, shared my perspective and opinion," Ivanka told reporters of the incident, notes CNN. "It aligned with his own ... That said, and while I expressed that sentiment, as a leader of a country, you can't make decisions based on emotion alone, and his decision was incredibly well informed and advised at every level."

Sources: Today, Daily Mail, Politico, CNN / Photo Credit: Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Flickr

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