Eric Trump is making headlines for a bold statement he made in regards to how his father recently decided to use military force overseas.
Now, according to an interview with Trump's second son in The Telegraph, which was published Tuesday, Ivanka Trump likely had a hand in the president's change of heart, suggesting she influenced his decision to intervene in Syria.
President Donald Trump, who campaigned on isolationism and a reluctance to entangle the U.S. in foreign conflicts, sent 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on April 6 at a Syrian air base, where U.S. officials claimed a recent chemical attack originated. The U.S. air strike on this Syrian air base was in response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria, which was reportedly launched by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — using the deadly nerve agent sarin — on the northern Idlib province, killing 90 people.
This left many Americans scratching their heads wondering how he could be so quick to pull the trigger? His asserted position on Twitter regarding Syrian intervention following a 2013 chemical weapons attack — with a much higher death toll — was, after all, the exact opposite.
Eric told the newspaper that his sister was "heartbroken and outraged" by what she had seen happening in Syria.
“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," he said.
Eric's attitude towards Ivanka's influence over policy decisions seemed to echo his comments on nepotism in another Telegraph article, published Monday. Responding to a question about his role managing the family business, Trump said:
“Is that nepotism? Absolutely. Is that also a beautiful thing? Absolutely. Family business is a beautiful thing. The same applies for Ivanka. Ivanka is by his side in Washington.”
While a president's family and close personal friends often give advice on some facets of the job, many critics on Twitter noted that military decisions ought not to be made by the president's daughter.
This criticism comes at a time when Ivanka is already facing criticism over her acquisition of an official role and an office at the White House. She has no experience in government, making it hard to argue that she was hired on merit and Trump's team has argued that her role doesn't violate nepotism laws because she isn't being paid.
It remains to be seen how Ivanka's role in the White House will develop, and whether her involvement will draw more scrutiny to the administration's ethics.