He's got too much classRT: US President Donald Trump infamously called his Syrian counterpart ‘animal Assad’ in one of his tweets. When asked whether he has a nickname for Trump, Assad told RT he does not use such language.
“This is not my language, so, I cannot use similar language. This is his language. It represents him,” Bashar Assad said in an exclusive interview with RT, which will be shown in full on Thursday at 11:30 am GMT.
“I think there is a very known principle, that what you say is what you are. So, he wanted to represent what he is, and that’s normal,” he added.
He said Trump’s invention of an insulting nickname didn’t really matter concerning what happens in Syria.
“The only thing that moves you is people that you trust, people who are level-headed, people who are thoughtful, people who are moral, ethical, that's what should move anything inside you, whether positive or negative. Somebody like Trump will move nothing for me,” he said.
Speaking to RT’s Murad Gazdiev, Assad explained his government’s position on the ongoing armed conflict in Syria, including allowing militant forces safe passage to Idlib, the escalating tension with the apartheid Jewish state Israel and the continued presence of US troops in the north.
President Assad responds to Trump calling him "Animal Assad" by saying he is above such petty language.— Serge (@Zinvor) 31 May 2018
He should have went with "Okay, first of all, Assad means lion in Arabic and I am the lion of Damascus so-" pic.twitter.com/Bo3yNcfYtF
Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 8 April 2018