‘But Putin Said Bashar Was a Great Guy,’ Confused Trump Says

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Admitting that he does not know who he can trust anymore, President Trump said Thursday that he is struggling to reconcile Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s recent chemical weapon strike on civilians with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s promise that Assad is a “tremendous guy.”

“Every time I speak to Vladimir – which is a lot, believe me – all he says is ‘Bashar is so great, Bashar is so loyal, why can’t you be more like Bashar?’ Trump told The Mideast Beast, as a television showed images of dying Syrian children. “I mean, it can’t be the same guy, can it? Is there another Bashad Assad?”

Following news of the strike, which many are calling a war crime, Trump reportedly sought the advice of former president Barack Obama, who assured him that Assad could not have been behind the attacks.

“I talked to the Iranians about it,” Obama told Trump. “And they promised me that Bashar is a big sweetie.”