U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he believes Bashar al- Assad is a “monster” who should be “killed” if he becomes president, and he vowed that the U.K. will “do whatever it takes” to stop the threat.
“Assad is killing his own people.
He’s killing innocent civilians.
He is a war criminal,” Trump told ABC’s “This Week.”
“He’s destroying Syria, he’s destroying Iraq, he has done all of these horrible things.
He should be killed.
So he’s a monster.
We’ll do whatever it is we have to do.”
Trump also lashed out at President Barack Obama for saying in March 2016 that he was “very, very happy” that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had ousted Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
“This was a bad deal for Russia.
I am very happy that the deal that was done was a terrible deal,” Trump said.
“I’m not happy with it.
It was a very bad deal.
He got rid of Assad, but he did that by a very difficult deal.”
Trump said that Putin was a “very good” man, but added, “Russia’s a very strong country.
It has tremendous power.””
They’ve been able to overthrow Assad, he got rid by a tough deal,” he added.
“And they’ve been very, very good friends of the United States.
I’ve known them a long time.
I’m very happy for them.”
Trump on Sunday said he has spoken to Putin in the last few days and asked him to help the U-K.
in stopping ISIS.
“He’s very, much the leader of Russia.
He said that he’s very happy with that.
He wants to be with the United Kingdom.
So, he said, ‘I want to help you,'” Trump said of Putin.
“He said, you know, I’m happy to help, he wants to help us.
And I said, let’s work on that.”
Trump added that he has told Putin, “I don’t want you to do this, because I don’t think it’s going to work out.”
“But he said he’ll help, I think that’s good.
I don’ think it was a good deal.
But he said you’re a great leader.
I think he’s going do whatever he has to do,” Trump continued.
“But he’ll do what he has been doing.”
Trump was asked about reports that the Russian government might be in talks with the U.-K.
to help defeat ISIS.
He said he thinks Russia is “very strong” and has “a great military,” adding that Russia has “very powerful allies.”
“I think they have great allies.
We have great alliances,” Trump responded.”
But Russia’s not the only strong nation in the world.
We also have great friends.
And they’re very, strong.
They’re very powerful.
And so I think they’re extremely strong,” he said.”
So we will win, I would say,” Trump added.
The White House said Sunday that the president did not make any secret of his displeasure with Putin’s handling of Syria.
“The President did not call upon Russia to interfere in our election, but we do not expect Russia to do so.
This is not about Putin.
This was a horrible deal,” the White House tweeted.”
There is no doubt in my mind that the Syrian people will stand up to this evil,” the president said.
Putin, meanwhile, has continued to assert that he is in full control of Syria’s civil war.
The Kremlin said Sunday in a statement that Trump’s comments are “extremely regrettable.”
“The remarks from the president about the Syrian civil war are not only unacceptable, they are absolutely wrong,” it said.
The Russian foreign ministry also condemned the comments, saying that the comments “will hurt Russia’s relations with the international community.”
“It will be difficult to find any Russian partners in the U.”
who would have the courage to listen to the U.,” the ministry said.
Trump also said Sunday on ABC’s This Week that he believes the United Nations should be more aggressive in its efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict, and said that the United states “is not the leader” in the Middle East.”
We’re not the leaders.
We’re not a superpower.
And frankly, we’re not very good at dealing with other countries,” he continued.”
They are great, they’re a power.
But they’re not our world.
And we’re going to deal with it.