"We haven't seen anything concrete yet regarding this rhetoric," he said in an interview published Saturday. "We have hopes that this administration . . . is going to implement what we have heard."
President Trump has only been in office about 50 days--can't anyone give him a break?
Part of the reason he won (besides the fact that he ran against one of the most disgusting, arrogant, deceitful and hated people on the planet) is his vow to defeat the Islamic State. When he took office January 20th he ordered his top military leaders to provide a plan within a month designed to defeat the terror group.
Assad belittled U.S.-backed military efforts saying they amounted to "only a few raids" [but that was under a weak, socialist U.S. president, however] however, "in theory" he remains optimistic about cooperating with the Trump administration along with the Syrian regime, he said in an interview with Chinese TV station Phoenix. The interview was posted on Syria's state-run 'fake news' agency SANA.
Republicans and others were critical of Obama when he refused to acknowledge "radical Islamic terrorism" and failed to follow through on his 2012 statement that Assad would cross a "red line" if he used chemical weapons on civilians after evidence of a chemical attack was apparent.
So while Obama had our military sit on their collective hands, ISIS grew like a giant butt-tumor in northern Syria and other remote regions in that country.
The U.S. is now preparing to deploy about 400 additional troops to Syria along with the 500 already in the country. The intention is a multi-national effort to defeat the jihadists in their Raqqa stronghold.
Assad said, in that lisp he's known for, that Raqqa was "a priority" but "any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders whether they are Americans, Turkish, or any other one. And we don't think this is going to help."