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Great relations have blossomed between the Russian leader and the US president-elect who have both vowed to unite the countries after years of frosty relations. "Fully fledged relations" between the two superpowers could now see them join forces to support President Assad in the fight against ISIS.
Desperate rebels fighting against President Assad have been calling on the US to support their struggle to overthrow the besieged government. But Trump believes the best way to eliminate the jihadi virus is to back the despotic Syrian leader until stability can be restored.
One of his headline election pledges was to give generals 30 days to come up with an ISIS defeating plan. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump reaffirmed his view that the US should side with the Syrian government. He said: "I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria. My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting Isis, and you have to get rid of ISIS."
Trump said he "did not like [Assad] at all" but would be willing to work with him in conjunction with Putin to tackle extremism and end the war.
Speaking about the jihadists within the ranks of the rebels, he added: "Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria. "Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who those people are."
He said if the US continues to attack Assad, "we could be fighting Russia". Speaking in Nevada, Trump said: "I will say if we get along with Russia and Russia went out with us and knocked the hell out of ISIS, that’s okay with me."
Damascus, Moscow and Tehran all welcomed Trump’s historic election upset this week. Sources close to Assad said he is "ready" to cooperate with Trump.
2016.11.14 / 09:14