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Trump says he wanted to kill Assad, but Mattis opposed

AFP
Washington
US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he wanted to assassinate Syrian strongman Bashar al Assad in 2017, but that his then-secretary of defense Jim Mattis opposed the operation.
“I would have rather taken him out. I had him all set,” Trump told the morning show Fox & Friends.
“Mattis didn’t want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general, and I let him go.”
The revelations support reporting that came out in 2018 when Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward published his book “Fear: Trump in the White House” and which the president denied at the time.