Ivanka Trump on Tuesday downplayed her brother’s characterization of her influence on President Donald Trump’s decision to order missile strikes in Syria earlier this month.
Eric Trump, who alongside his brother, Donald Trump Jr., runs the Trump Organization, told The Daily Telegraph he was confident that his sister used her influence with the president to compel him to respond to the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons attack on civilians. “Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence. I’m sure she said: ‘Listen, this is horrible stuff,’” Eric Trump said during the interview.
“That would be a flawed interpretation,” Ivanka Trump told reporters in Berlin on Tuesday, pointing to a New York Times report detailing, in the first daughter’s words, “how the decision process was managed.”
“It was informed at the highest levels of military and state,” the unpaid White House adviser and special assistant to the president continued. “I, of course, shared my perspective and opinion. It aligned with his own.”
The president, who was once against military intervention in Syria, seemed to be particularly moved by the images of children who were slaughtered in the attack at the hands of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s regime, moving him to launch a retaliatory strike against the airbase where U.S. intelligence believes the chemical attack originated.
Eric Trump said he sensed his father was “deeply affected by those images of the children,” and Ivanka Trump shared a similar sentiment on Tuesday, telling reporters, “It would be very hard as a human being to see the images that we saw and not to be very shaken to the core. “
“That said … you can’t make decisions based on emotion alone,” she added. “His decision was incredibly well informed and advised. I’m proud of the action he took, how decisive it was.”
Annie Karni contributed to this report.