Donald Trump: I Would've Rather Taken out Bashar al-Assad

Donald Trump: I Would've Rather Taken out Bashar al-Assad


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.

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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

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