Assad says Trump is honest about using military to obtain oil, first president to do so

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has lauded US President Donald Trump for his so-called “transparency,” claiming that the 45th President is the only one so far that has been open about maintaining security and control over Middle Eastern oil fields.

“I tell you he’s the best American president. Why? Not because his policies are good, but because he’s the most transparent president,” Assad said on Syrian state-run TV. “All American presidents commit crimes and end up taking the Nobel Prize and appear as a defender of human rights and the ‘unique’ and ‘brilliant’ American or Western principles, but all they are is a group of criminals who only represent the interests of the American lobbies of large corporations in weapons, oil and others.”

According to NBC News, the Syrian president went on to say that President Trump’s “transparency” over protecting oil assets makes him an easy-to-identify foe.

Assad was an opponent of the United States before President Trump entered office when President Barack Obama initiated a US-led intervention in 2014 during the Syrian Civil War. Since then, Assad has been flanked with support by Russia.

Ironically, the withdrawal of US military assets in Syria has led to former US allies in the region -including the Kurds- to join forces with Assad in order to hold off the Turkish military, who poured in over the border last month without resistance from Russia and the United States.

US Forces will remain in Syria, although currently in the form of a mechanized infantry unit tasked with guarding the oil fields- valuable strategic targets that served as the Islamic State’s single-largest producer of revenue during their reign of over the region.

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