Syrian President Bashar al-Assad eschewed more rhetoric in line with Trump on Thursday during an interview, claiming that Trump’s travel ban does not target Syrian people.
Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order, though currently not in effect after being struck down by a U.S. district judge, that temporarily barred immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries including Syria. The so-called Muslim ban also placed an indefinite ban on the immigration of all Syrian refugees.
In an interview with Europe 1 radio and TF1, Assad claimed,
“It’s against the terrorists that would infiltrate some of the immigrants to the West. And that happened. It happened in Europe, mainly in Germany.”
“I think the aim of Trump is to prevent those people from coming.” It was “not against the Syrian people.”
This is not the first controversial statement that Assad has made in support of Trump’s travel ban. In an interview with Yahoo News, the Syrian President seemed to side with U.S. President Donald Trump in asserting that some refugees from Syria are “definitely” terrorists. He said that he knows this because “you can find it on the [internet].”
Assad’s justification for supporting the idea that some refugees from Syria are terrorists is certainly in line with Trump’s own brand of propaganda regarding the travel ban.
“Those terrorists in Syria holding the machine gun or killing people, they [appear as] peaceful refugees in Europe or in the West in general.”