BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad stated President Donald Trump’s ban on Syrians getting into the USA focused terrorists, not the Syrian folks, showing to defend the logic of the measure in an interview broadcast on Thursday.
Trump final month issued an government order, since suspended by a U.S. district choose, that quickly barred vacationers from seven principally Muslim nations together with Syria, in addition to imposing an indefinite ban on all Syrian refugees.
“It’s in opposition to the terrorists that may infiltrate among the immigrants to the West. And that occurred. It occurred in Europe, primarily in Germany,” Assad stated within the interview with Europe 1 radio and TF1 tv which was recorded on Tuesday in English.
“I feel the intention of Trump is to forestall these folks from coming.” It was “not in opposition to the Syrian folks,” he stated.
Trump stated his order, which triggered protests at house and overseas and confusion at U.S. and worldwide airports, was supposed to forestall militants from getting into the USA. His administration is difficult the suspension ruling, which was upheld final week by enchantment courtroom judges.
Assad’s authorities has typically criticized Western states for his or her assist for Syrian insurgent teams, all of that are regarded by Damascus as terrorists, and has warned that such backing will result in militant assaults all over the world.
Trump has not but set out a transparent coverage on Syria however has indicated he might lower U.S. assist for rebel teams and has stated he desires to fix ties with Russia, whose President Vladimir Putin is Assad’s strongest worldwide ally.
Requested instantly whether or not Trump’s immigration coverage was the appropriate one, Assad didn’t reply. He additionally stated he had not but seen what Trump’s Syria coverage can be.
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