Eric Trump recently asserted that his sister, Ivanka Trump, influenced their father, President Donald Trump, to bomb Syria on April 6.
Eric Trump shared this revelation during an interview with The Telegraph:
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. 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.
While Ivanka Trump is a White House adviser, she does not have experience in government foreign relations or the military.
The president ordered Tomahawk missile strikes on the Shayrat air base in response to a gas attack on April 4 that killed at least 87 civilians, including women and children, in the Idlib province of Syria. The Shayrat air base is where the chemical weapons attack is believed to have originated from. The Syrian government denied it had carried out the chemical attacks.
Eric Trump noted the videos and pictures of the child victims that went viral and caused international outrage:
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. 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.
Syria's state news agency, SANA, said nine civilians, including four children, were killed in the missile attack, noted Newsweek.
SANA referred to sources that said two missiles hit the air base and killed two adults and three children, while another missile hit a village and killed three adults and one child. This has not been confirmed by non-Syrian news agencies.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in the U.K., seven Syrian officers were killed by Trump's missile strikes.
Eric Trump also told The Telegraph that the U.S. bombing of Syria proves there is no tie between the Trump administration and the Russian government, which supports Syria:
If there was anything that Syria did, it was to validate the fact that there is no Russia tie. If they disrespect us and if they cross us, fine. There will be no one harder -- he has got more backbone than anybody. We’re no worse off than we were before. Maybe we’re finding that we can’t be. [My dad] is not a guy who gets intimidated. I can tell you he is tough and he won’t be pushed around. The cards will shake out the way they do but he’s tough.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis stated on April 7: "Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line. U.S. military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield," noted CNBC.
Talal Barazi, the governor of Syria's Homs province, told Reuters on April 8 that the Shayrat air base was up and operating: "The airport is operating as a first phase. Planes have taken off from it."