Critics on social media are blasting Ivanka Trump after it was revealed that she may have influenced her father President Donald Trumps decision to launch a missile strike on the Syrian government last week in response to its use of chemical weapons on its citizens.
“Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence,” President Trump’s son Eric Trump told The Daily Telegraph in an interview published Tuesday. “I’m sure she said, Listen, this is horrible stuff.’ My father will act in times like that.”
Asked about Ivanka’s role in the decision to strike Syria, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during his Tuesday briefing, “There’s no question that Ivanka and others weighed in to him.”
“I think there was a widespread acknowledgement that the images and the actions that had been taken were horrific and required action,” he added.
Americans on both sides of the aisle sounded off their disapproval on Twitter, with many questioning Ivanka’s ability to advise her father on military action.
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Ivanka, whose resume includes overseeing a fashion brand and working for the family’s Trump Organization, officially became an assistant to the president two weeks ago after long serving as an informal adviser to her father.
Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:
Oh, cool. A mediocre handbag designer is now guiding US military strategy https://t.co/TCQ0q9Zlrp- CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) April 11, 2017
Eric Trump said that the strike against Syria was influenced by a "heartbroken" Ivanka.- Alex Iosiovich (@Alex_Iosiovich) April 11, 2017
So watch your back, Nordstrom.
Well she IS a veteran of the handbag and shoe theft of others39; ideas wars & has a lot of strategic insight to offer https://t.co/1uYwCsIrNU- grumpasaurus (@grumpasaurus) April 11, 2017
CONFIRMED: Decision to attack Syria influenced by...Henry Kissinger with a fashion line? https://t.co/OuLLxxlqiQ- Sarwar (@pirsarwarras) April 11, 2017
Ivanka was a fashion designer and hotel manager until literally a 2.5 months ago. What EXACTLY does she know about Syria?- Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) April 11, 2017
Ivanka is already making plans to build a sweat shop in Syria where that airport still 1/2 way stands.- Tina-TheResistance (@trcfwtt) April 11, 2017
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One day after the Syrian government launched a chemical attack that killed an estimated 30 children, Ivanka tweeted that she was “heartbroken and outraged” by the “atrocious” act.
Heartbroken and outraged by the images coming out of Syria following the atrocious chemical attack yesterday.- Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 5, 2017
One Twitter user pointed out that if, as Eric Trump suggested, Ivanka’s tweeted heartbreak and horror influenced the president, one of the most ominous what-if’s of the 2016 campaign could now be reality:
If this is true, Hillary was right. Trump could really start a war based on a tweet. https://t.co/NfzrdZjxmg- ImpeachTrump (@dumptrump33) April 9, 2017
“If this is true, Hillary was right. Trump could really start a war based on a tweet.”