For the past few days, the entire world has been on edge as world leaders wait to see how different states will react to Trump’s first military order. Within hours of seeing Trump’s strike carried out, Russian authorities made it clear that this would likely cause even further conflict and violence in Syria, and many political pundits have spent hours of time on major news networks discussing the President’s motivation for launching this attack.
While undoubtedly a reckless move diplomatically, Trump’s use of excessive force in Syria hasn’t been a huge shock to many who remember his violent and xenophobic rhetoric throughout the campaign. Trump has spent a considerable amount of time and energy to spread fear of the Syrian conflict in order to justify his increasingly regressive and racist immigration policies against predominantly Muslim countries, so it stood to reason that he’d eventually step up the military campaign in Syria.
While this might fall in line with Trump’s recent rhetoric, however, it marks a sharp departure from his attitude in the years before he got involved in politics. Despite Trump’s recent statements that he was moved to order the strike by the horrific chemical attacks conducted by Assad, he had absolutely no problem with those sort of attacks a few years ago. In fact, he actively encouraged them, encouraging Americans not to feel bad for Syrian victims with Tweets like the one you can read below:
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Remember, all these ‘freedom fighters’ in Syria want to fly planes into our buildings.</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/372795204710830080″>August 28, 2013</a></blockquote>
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This change in attitude, then, is what so many people find confusing. It’s no shock that Trump is using the American military recklessly, as this was many people’s major fear, but why now, and why in such a way that would infuriate Russia? After all, Trump has touted his strange desire to work with Russia in the past, so this particular move doesn’t really make sense.
A recent statement by Eric Trump, however, provides enormous clarity. Apparently this strike wasn’t even the result of Trump’s opinion at all, but rather him listening to his daughter, Ivanka. Eric Trump told the Daily Telegraph that Ivanka was “heartbroken and outraged” by the chemical attacks, and that’s what prompted Trump to act.
You read that correctly: Donald Trump’s daughter is now apparently calling the shots in regards to the American military. This means that someone with even less experience and advisers than Trump is now able to influence United States military decisions; clearly, Trump has lost any ability to make these sorts of high-stakes calls on his own.
The White House needs to understand that such brash and reckless attacks cannot be made due to the emotional whims of the Trump family. The American people need to raise their voices and let Trump know that he cannot endanger this nation by ordering missile strikes simply because his daughter is upset. If you agree, please share this with your friends and family on Facebook so that the American people are aware of exactly how out of control Trump’s White House has become.