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US President Donald Trump has confirmed Bob Woodward’s 2018 report that he had ordered the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after denying it.

Writing for Raw Story on September 15, 2020, Brad Reed said Trump made the confirmation in an interview with “Fox & Friends,” puzzling White House officials who had believed Trump’s earlier tall tale. “I would’ve rather taken [Assad] out,” Trump said. “I had him all set. Mattis didn’t want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general.”

According to Woodward, Trump in early 2017 ordered Defense Secretary James Mattis to “f*cking kill” Assad after he launched a chemical weapons attack against his own citizens.

Mattis, reported Woodward, told Trump he would do so — but then ordered staff to ignore the president’s orders after he left the room. At the time, Trump issued a total denial of Woodward’s claims. “No, that was never even contemplated, nor would it be contemplated,” Trump said in 2018, per CNN fact checker Daniel Dale.

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