Trump warns Assad: The world is watching
US President denies claims made in Bob Woodward’s book, but also warns Syrian President that “the world is watching”.
US President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that he ever ordered or even considered ordering the assassination of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, as claimed in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.
“Not at all. The book is fiction,” Trump said in the Oval Office, according to CNN. “I heard somewhere where they said the assassination of President Assad by the United States. Never even discussed.”
“It was never even contemplated, nor would it ever be contemplated,” he added.
At the same time, Trump also warned the Syrian regime on Wednesday that “the world is watching” as government forces prepare to assault the last rebel stronghold of Idlib.
“They will hopefully be very, very judicious and careful. Because the world is watching. That cannot be a slaughter. If it’s a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry. And the United States is going to get angry, too. I am watching that very closely,” he stressed.
Syrian government forces are planning a phased offensive in Idlib and surrounding areas held by insurgents fighting Assad, who has been backed by both Russian and Iranian forces in the country’s civil war.