US President-elect Donald Trump says the United States should fight the Daesh terrorist group, but stop attacking the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In his first interview since his election earlier this week, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he has had “an opposite view of many people regarding Syria.”
Trump suggested a sharper focus on fighting the terrorist group rather than trying to oust President Assad.
The president-elect criticized the Obama administration's policy of attempting to find “moderate Syrian opposition groups” to boost fighting against Assad, saying he will seek a possible rapprochement with Russia and find a solution for the Syrian conflict.
“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS [Daesh], and you have to get rid of ISIS…Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are,” he told the Journal on Friday.
During his final presidential debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump emphasized that his priority in Syria would be to eliminate Daesh and not to oust Assad.
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