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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Daughter in Chief calls in missile strike

Okay, maybe she didn't actually call in the Tomahawk missile strike against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, but according to Eric Trump, his sister, Ivanka, was able to influence their father to take that action. 

Eric is "sure" that it was her influence over President Trump--he has no doubts.

Last Thursday, President Trump ordered air strikes against the Shayrat airbase where a chemical weapons attack was launched against the Syrian people that killed 87 people, over 30 of whom were children.

"Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence. I'm sure she said: 'Listen, this is horrible stuff,'" Eric told The Telegraph. 

"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."

Eric emphasized that while not part of the administration, he still could see that his father was "deeply affected" by the photos of injured children that resulted from the chemical attack in Idlib province. 

Somehow, in 2013, similar images of dead, dying and injured children did not affect him the same way. 

"I stay out of politics and I stay our of the administration but you can tell he was deeply affected by those images of the children," Eric said.

What may have changed for Donald Trump was Ivanka's input. She now has taken on an official, unpaid role as Assistant to the President. Liberals will cry nepotism, but they were fine with Bobby Kennedy being made U.S. Attorney General by JFK so screw their hypocrisy.

"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," Eric said.

"It was horrible. These guys are savages and I'm glad he responded the way he responded."

The UK's Sunday Times reported that when Ivanka saw the photos on TV, she was "genuinely shaken," and tweeted out a response. and softly influenced him to take immediate action. 

Afterward, she praised her father 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 decision to respond to Assad's barbarism was the right one. But what should give us concern is a president acting on emotion from photos he saw, or on the advice of his daughter acting on emotion from photos she saw. When you act on your emotions, your judgment loses some of its perspective, and while it's understandable in this case, a president needs to put emotion aside and act on reason, analysis and reality.

But when all is said and done, Trump isn't afraid to make strong decisions and has the guts to lead, because he knows that 'leading from behind' is not leading at all. 

It looks like even China's Xi is taking that seriously as they now say they will help us deal with North Korea.

We shall see.

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