The President son recently announced that it wasn’t just the National Security Council that advised the President to strike Syria; it was Ivanka. Eric Trump told the Daily Telegraph on Monday “Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria was influenced by his daughter, Ivanka, being “heartbroken and outraged” at the country’s alleged chemical weapons attack, one of the president’s sons told a British newspaper.”
Steve Benen from MSNBC reports:
Eric Trump, speaking to the British newspaper while visiting a Trump-branded golf course in Scotland, explained the behind-the-scenes situation at the White House. “Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence,” he explained. “I’m sure she said, ‘Listen, this is horrible stuff.’ My father will act in times like that.”
He will? Really?
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this is the fact that Eric Trump was willing to say this out loud and on the record. Had one of the president’s critics levied this as an accusation – Trump launched missiles in part because one of his inexperienced kids influenced his thinking on matters of national security – it might have seemed a little excessive.
And yet, Eric Trump was comfortable describing the family dynamic this way, as if it weren’t embarrassing at all.
Remember, Ivanka Trump has no background in international affairs or security matters. The fact that she has a job and an office in the West Wing, after saying she wouldn’t join the White House staff, is itself curious, and that was before her brother suggested she’s advising the president on U.S. policy in Syria.
To appreciate the significance of this, imagine if Jill Stein’s voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin had backed the Democratic ticket, and Hillary Clinton were president right now. Then imagine the Democratic president had just launched a provocative military strike in the Middle East, despite campaign rhetoric to the contrary, because Chelsea Clinton – who had just been given a West Wing job for reasons no one can explain – made an emotional appeal to her mother.
I guess daddy’s little girl gets what she wants even if that may involve triggering WWIII. Let’s just hope one of the Chinese made Ivanka shoes don’t cause her to roll her ankle, Lord knows what would happen!