Donald Trump carried out Syria missile strike ‘after being convinced by daughter Ivanka’
DONALD Trump’s decision to rain down 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian air base was sparked by his daughter Ivanka’s “heartbroken” response to Assad’s chemical attack, insiders have claimed.
By VINCENT WOOD
Trump has long opposed military intervention in Syria – both as a private citizen when he criticised Obama’s intervention in the region, and as President.
But the Republican firebrand is believed to have made his dramatic U-turn after being convinced by his daughter Ivanka’s impassioned response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on Tuesday.A source close to the first family said: “Increasingly, Ivanka is having more and more influence over her father.
GETTY – Trump is believed to have made his dramatic U-turn after being convinced by Ivanka
“She often counsels her father and was very clear that action needed to be taken against Assad in some form.”“Ivanka was infuriated over the lack of a direct response in the immediate aftermath of the Syrian attack.”Responding the morning after Assad’s attack, The President’s eldest daughter tweeted: “Heartbroken and outraged by the images coming out of Syria following the atrocious chemical attack today.
“I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity and he’s there, and I guess he’s running things, so something should happen.”
Following her comments, the President’s stance on a military response began to shift, quickly claiming the attack was an “affront to humanity” and blasting Assad’s “heinous” actions.
And the following day, hours before launching a flurry of 2,900lb missiles into the country, the President had shifted from isolation to intervention.He said: “I think what Assad did is terrible.
GETTY – Trump has long relied on his eldest daughter in his business dealings
After the missile strike, Ivanka wrote on Twitter: “The times we are living in call for difficult decisions. Proud of my father for refusing to accept these horrendous crimes against humanity.”The insider added: “Ivanka has her own mind.“While her dad is driven by his ego and political point-scoring, Ivanka could not be more opposite.
GETTY/REUTERS – Trump ordered a massive military strike against a Syria
GETTY – 59 tomahawk missiles were fired from US Navy destroyers
“She has genuine concerns for others and wants to do what is right.“As she was feeding her kids on Wednesday morning, she thought enough was enough and tweeted her thoughts for everyone to see.“The response was quite immediate and clearly helped changed her father’s views on the issue of Syria.”
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