“Trump’s confession to such a step confirms that the US administration is a criminal … state,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued by the state news agency SANA.
Trump revealed that he wanted Bashar Assad dead, but Mathis refused
“I’m not sorry,” he said
“They are pursuing the same tactics as terrorist groups, such as murder and assassination,” it said, a day after Trump made his comments on Fox TV’s morning show.
The US president said his then Secretary of Defense Jim Mathis opposed the assassination of Assad in 2017.
“Matisse didn’t want to do it. Matisse was a very overrated general and I let him go.”
Trump is reportedly considering assassinating Assad after the Syrian president launched a chemical attack on civilians.
In April 2017, more than 80 people were killed in a sarin attack on the rebel-held city of Han Sheikhun.
Trump responded with missile strikes against the Shayrat regime air base, which is believed to have launched the gas attack.
Trump’s comments to Fox contradict other comments he made to reporters in the Oval Office on September 5, 2018, when he said that Assad’s assassination “was never considered.”
In April 2018, the United States, France and Britain launched retaliatory strikes after another alleged chemical attack by the regime against the then rebel-held city of Duma, near Damascus.
After nine years of war, the Assad government controls about 70% of Syria.
Since 2011, the conflict has killed at least 380,000 people and displaced about half of Syria’s pre-war population.