Syrian President Bashar Assad says the US President-elect Donald Trump will become a “natural ally” if he carries out his vow to battle “terrorists.”
“We cannot tell anything about what he’s going to do, but if… he is going to fight the terrorists, of course we are going to be allies, natural ally in that regard with the Russians, with the Iranians, with many other countries,” said Assad, as reported by RTP and covered by Fars.
He also said that he would welcome a notion made by Trump while campaigning that the US should be more focused on battling the ISIS terrorist group. “I would say this is promising, but can he deliver? … Can he go in that regard? What about the countervailing forces within the administration, the mainstream media that were against him? How can he deal with it?” he added.
He noted that such forces are the reason that Syria is still dubious on whether Trump will be able to live up to his vows. “That’s why we are very cautious in judging him, especially as he wasn’t in a political position before,” he added.