Ivanka Trump calls for 'discussion' on letting Syrian refugees into US despite father's attempted ban

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Ivanka Trump's comments were a contrast with the rhetoric from her father - AFP

First daughter Ivanka Trump says letting Syrian refugees into the United States "has to be part of the discussion" on how to deal with people fleeing conflict in the war-torn country.

"I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that's happening, and we have to come together, and we have to solve it," she told NBC's Today show in an interview aired Wednesday.

The adviser to the president said that opening the borders should be discussed, but "that's not going to be enough in and of itself."

“That has to be part of the discussion, but that’s not going to be enough.” @IvankaTrump on opening borders to Syrian refugees in US pic.twitter.com/iIuI9ZXPYq

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) 26 April 2017

Ms Trump's comments were a contrast with the rhetoric from her father.

US president Donald Trump has signed executive orders banning Syrian refugees from entering US territory, saying that they present a national security threat. Federal courts have ruled against the ban, placing it indefinitely on hold. The Trump administration is appealing the rulings. 

Mr Trump has suggested creating "safe zones" for refugees and displaced people in the Middle Eastern country, and launched a cruise missile strike against president Bashar al-Assad's military in response to an apparent chemical weapons attack.

The Syrian war has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two, with more than 320,000 people killed and millions displaced. More than five million people - about a quarter of the population - have fled the country.

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