Damascus has slammed the U.S. over President Donald Trump’s former plans to assassinate President Bashar al-Assad, accusing Washington of following the same methods as terrorist groups.
Trump revealed in a recent interview with Fox News that he had considered assassinating al-Assad in 2017 after reports of an alleged chemical attack. He was, however, persuaded not to go with the idea by senior US military officials, including former Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
A source in Syria’s Foreign Ministry told the Syrian Arab News Agency on September 16 that Trump’s statement showed the level to which the thinking and political behavior of the US administration had declined.
“Trump’s recognition of such step affirms that the US administration is a rogue and outlaw state and follows the same method of the terrorist organizations of killing and liquidation without any consideration to the principles or any legal, human, or ethical rules with the aim of achieving its interests in the region,” the source said.
In 2018, Trump denied claims by veteran journalist Bob Woodward that he had ordered the assassination of President al-Assad. Woodward covered the issue in his book “Fear: Trump in the White House.”
The U.S. cut its ties with Damascus after the 2011 uprising. Washington played a key role in backing anti-government armed groups and even carried out attacks on the Syrian military.
Nevertheless, this is the first time the U.S. officially acknowledges plans to assassinate the Syrian President. Such a move would have amounted to a war crime.
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