President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would have rather killed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2017.
“I would’ve rather taken him out. I had him all set,” Trump said in an interview on Fox and Friends when asked about his response to a chemical attack on civilians in Syria.
The president blamed his former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for opposing him on the idea.
“Mattis didn’t want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general,” Trump continued.
Trump responded to al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons by launching cruise missiles against military targets in the country.
When asked if he regretted not killing al-Assad, Trump said he was fine with the decision.
“No, I don’t regret that,” he said. “I could have lived either way with that. I considered him certainly not a good person, but I had a shot to take him out if I wanted and Mattis was