Ivanka Trump urged her father Donald to launch the airstrikes in Syria last week
Donald Trump’s third child insisted he is “sure” his sister used her influence to encourage the US President to condemn the chemical weapons attack in Idlib.
The Syrian chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime killed at least 87 people including more than 30 children.
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Ivanka is by his side in Washington. She is not involved in everything.
Praising Ivanka as a positive influence in President Trump's life, Eric said she is never afraid to say “no”, which is why the Trump family is so “beautiful”.
The 33-year-old businessman told 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.
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“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.”
Although he does his best to “stay out of politics”, Eric Trump said his father was “deeply affected” by the images of children inflicted in the Syrian gas attack.
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Donald Trump blasted Assad's regime for killing women, children and babies in the chemical attack
Ivanka Trump took on an official, unpaid role as Assistant to the President last month. But last week she attacked her critics who brandished her as “complicit” in her father’s administration.
Insisting she was not silent, Ivanka said her refusal to “publicly denounce” some of her father’s orders including the US-Mexico border wall, did not mean she lacks a voice.
Eric said: "Ivanka is by his side in Washington. She is not involved in everything. I think she comes and goes with issues she deeply cares about…"
Applauding his father, Eric said he’s “glad” Trump responded in the way he did, because “it was horrible”.
He added: "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.”