Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave unexpected praise to President Donald Trump on Sunday, calling him the “best American president”.
Assad said in an interview with Syria TV, according to a translation:
“When it comes to Trump you may ask me a question and I’ll give you an answer which might seem strange. I tell you he’s the best American president. Why? Not because his policies are good, but because he is the most transparent president.”
But Assad was not done explaining his point just yet. He went on to say:
“All American presidents commit crimes and end up taking the Nobel Prize and appear as a defender of human rights and the ‘unique’ and ‘brilliant’ American or Western principles. But all they are is a group of criminals who only represent the interests of the American lobbies of large corporations in weapons, oil, and others.
“Trump speaks with the transparency to say ‘We want the oil’.”
Despite Bashar al-Assad’s praise for President Donald Trump, Trump has been much harsher on Assad, calling him “our enemy” and nicknaming him “Animal Assad”.
Trump tweeted just last year: “If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!”
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of massacring his own people using chemical weapons.
Former President Barack Obama famously declared his “Red Line in the Sand” in 2012, suggesting the United States would attack the Assad regime if they used more illegal chemical weapons. Between Obama’s statement and the end of the year, however, Assad’s regime had killed nearly 1500 people in chemical attacks.
The decision not to move into Syria following the attacks led to the Syrian Civil War between Assad and Islamist organizations that eventually led to the rise of ISIS.
The ISIS Caliphate has since been dismantled under President Trump’s leadership, something Assad must be grateful for.