Eric Trump contends that his father, President Donald Trump, proved that he is not in alliance with Russia when he made the decision to launch a cruise missile attack on Syria.
In an interview published in The Daily Telegraph, Eric Trump, 33, said that the president will not be “pushed around” by Vladimir Putin and that the Russian leader’s talk of war would not intimidate his father. According to the younger Trump, there would be “no one harder” than President Trump should Russia “cross us.”
Eric Trump confirmed that his sister Ivanka’s reaction to last week’s nerve gas attack in Syria influenced the president’s decision to bomb a Syrian airbase in retaliation against President Bashar al-Assad. Ivanka Trump said she was “heartbroken and outraged” by the horrific event.
Eric Trump, who is currently running the Trump Organization with his brother Donald Trump Jr., asserted that his father is “deeply committed” to creating the world’s largest peacetime military force, and is a “big believer” in the peace-through-strength philosophy demonstrated by Ronald Reagan.
Eric Trump claimed that when his father pledged during the presidential campaign to improve relations with Russia, he was contending that the United States should seek to be “best friends with other superpowers,” if possible, and categorized allegations of ties with the Russian government as “ridiculous.”
“If there was anything that Syria did, it was to validate the fact that there is no Russia tie,” Eric Trump said. “If they disrespect us, and if they cross us, fine. There will be no one harder – he has got more backbone than anybody. We’re no worse off than we were before. Maybe we’re finding that we can’t be.”
In response to a question regarding Putin’s threats of military escalation over Syria, he said about President Trump, “He is not a guy who gets intimidated. I can tell you, he is tough and he won’t be pushed around. The cards will shake out the way they do, but he’s tough.”
Eric Trump noted that the president was “deeply affected” by the images he viewed following the Syrian chemical attack of children being “sprayed down by hoses to keep their skin from burning. It was horrible. These guys are savages and I’m glad he responded the way he responded.”
“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, as 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 Trump denies that his father reacted on impulse after viewing the images from Syria, asserting that the president is “a great thinker … practical, not impulsive.” He said, “I’m proud he took that action and believe me he thinks things through.”
H/T: The Telegraph
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