The Daily Beast reports:
Back in 2018, when Bob Woodward first reported that President Donald Trump had ordered the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Trump baulked at the mere suggestion. “No, that was never even contemplated, nor would it be contemplated and it should not have been written about in the book,” he said at the time. Well, on Tuesday morning, he admitted that it was actually true.
In an interview with Fox & Friends, Trump happily contradicted himself and said: “I would’ve rather taken [Assad] out. I had it all set. Mattis didn’t want to do it.” Asked if he regretted not killing Assad, the president said: “No, I don’t regret that. I could have lived either way with that. I considered [Assad] certainly not a good person. But I had a shot to take him out if I wanted but Mattis was against it.”
“I would have rather taken him out” — Trump says he wanted to assassinate Bashar al-Assad, but Mattis stopped him pic.twitter.com/pUcFTSW2w9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 15, 2020
Trump in 2018 on whether he suggested killing Assad: “No, that was never even contemplated, nor would it be contemplated.”
Trump today on killing Assad: “I would’ve rather taken him out. I had him all set. Mattis didn’t want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 15, 2020
President Trump revealed today that he wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar Assad earlier in his presidency, reversing his previous denial that the issue ever came up https://t.co/Xm2b3u2xdf pic.twitter.com/2USVXJgtJs
— POLITICO (@politico) September 15, 2020
Analysis: Trump confirms he wanted to assassinate Assad.
In 2018, he denied it was even considered. https://t.co/f7N49SYDMd
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 15, 2020