Assad claims Trump is natural ally for war on terror

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responded to the election of President-elect Donald Trump for the first time. Assad said that he was impressed by Trump’s statements regarding the war against Islamic elements within Syria, but is skeptical as to whether or not Trump will keep his campaign promises.
Syria is refraining judgement. Assad. Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said last night (Tuesday) that Damascus will “wait and see” US President-elect Donald Trump’s policy regarding Syria and even stated that he is willing to cooperate with Trump in fighting against Islamic elements within the country. In his first response concerning the US election results, Assad said that Trump had promised to fight against jihad in Syria. Yet Assad contemplated whether or not Trump is capable of following through with his promise.

“Of course we will be allies as long as he will fight terrorists within Syria,” Assad noted. “Our natural allies in this matter are Russia, Iran and many other countries. But what about the countervailing forces within the US administration? What about the mainstream US media that was against him all along? How will he deal with them?” Assad wondered expressing doubt as to whether Trump will deliver his promises.

“It still isn’t clear to us in Syria if Trump can keep his word,” Assad added. “Therefore, we must be careful and refrain from judging him, especially given that he doesn’t have political experience,” Assad explained.

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