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Ivanka Trump Weighs In On U.S. Airstrike Against Syria

| by Lauren Briggs

Ivanka Trump said on April 7 that her father, President Donald Trump, made the right call by ordering a missile strike against Syria.

"The times we are living in call for difficult decisions - Proud of my father for refusing to accept these horrendous crimes against humanity," the first daughter and assistant to the president wrote on her Twitter.

Her tweet included a link to a video of a speech that President Trump posted to Twitter, which he captioned, "Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike......"

"It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons," the president says in the video. "There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons.”

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On April 6, the U.S. military launched 59 Tomahawk missiles near the city of Homs, Syria, where the White House said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attacked his own people, according to The Hill.

"Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children," President Trump explained in his April 7 address. "It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror."

The missiles have reportedly killed at least seven people and injured nine, according to a televised statement from Syrian troops. The Pentagon said, the attack also damaged Syrian aircraft and other equipment, "reducing the Syrian Government's ability to deliver chemical weapons," notes The Hill.

"Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically," the president said in his speech. "As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies."

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Though President Trump's administration said days before the attack that it would take a hands-off approach to dealing with Assad and the conflicts in Syria, following the attack, the commander-in-chief said he had changed his mind because Assad's actions "crossed a lot of lines."

"I do change and I am flexible, and I'm proud of that flexibility," President Trump told reporters on April 5, according to The Hill.

He was not the only one jarred by the footage of Syrian children choking and convulsing.

"Heartbroken and outraged by the images coming out of Syria following the atrocious chemical attack yesterday," Ivanka tweeted on April 5.

Sources: Ivanka Trump/Twitter (2), Donald Trump/Twitter, The Hill / Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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