The son of Donald Trump has back his father's strike on a Syrian base last week, saying it shows he isn't as close to Vladimir Putin as certain sections of the media claim.
Eric Trump, the second son of the US President, gave an interview to The Daily Telegraph in which he backed the airstrike, saying it shows his father won't be "pushed around or intimidated" by the Kremlin.
US warships launched a total of 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat airbase in the early of Friday morning. It is claimed that Shayrat had been used earlier in the week to launch the attack on Khan Sheikhun, which left dozens dead and has been universally condemned for the alleged use of chemical weapons.
The attack has been condemned by Iran and Russia, both of which are allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“If there was anything that Syria did, it was to validate the fact that there is no Russia tie," Trump Jr said.
He added that the decision to bomb the airbase was influenced, in part, by his sister Ivanka, who was said to be enraged and heartbroken by the attack on Khan Sheikhun.
Western allies like the UK and France have backed the US strike, which came just days after the Khan Sheikhun atrocity. However UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's call for sanctions against Russia have been rejected at a meeting of the G7.