US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he wanted to assassinate Syrian militant Bashar al-Assad in 2017, but his then Defense Secretary Jim Mattis opposed the operation.
Trump told the morning show Fox & Friends, “I would have kicked him out. I had him all set.”
“Mattis didn’t want to do that. Mattis was a highly overrated general, and I let him go.”
They support the report to be published in 2018 when Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward published his book “Fear: Trump in the White House” and the president denied it at the time.
“It was never considered,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on September 5, 2018.
Trump’s Tuesday remarks came as part of a responsibility against Mattis, whom the president acknowledged as a “great man” when he hired him to run the Pentagon, but soured the retired general who eventually 2018 Resigned at the end of.
In April 2017, Trump was allegedly assassinating Assad after a Syrian president launched a chemical attack on civilians.
The US leader said that US forces should “kill” and “kill” Assad, Woodward explains in his book.
The journalist – famous for exposing the 1970s Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon – wrote that Mattis told Trump he would “get right on it” but with plans for a more limited airstrike Returned.
Trump told Fox that he did not regret the decision not to target Assad, saying he “could have stayed that way.”
“I think he was definitely not a good person, but if I wanted to and Mattis was against it, I had a shot to get him out,” Trump said.
“Mattis was against most of that stuff.”
Assad has ruled Syria throughout the country for years in a civil war that has killed hundreds of people.
His regime faces charges of a range of crimes including atrocities, summary executions, rape and use of chemical weapons.
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