In an interview with PBS’ Charlie Rose, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warns that the United States should “expect everything” if they engage in an attack against Syria.
President Obama said in a press conference last week that, despite his belief that the United States should attack Syria, he would seek Congressional approval in order to do so. Intelligence alleges that the Syrian president has used chemical weapons on his own people, and that many have died as a result. Some believe that the United States has a responsibility to go into Syria to try and end the mass genocide that is happening there, but others think that doing so would be a bad idea.
Now, in an interview that will air on PBS, Bashar al-Assad says that there will be serious retaliation against the United States if Congress approves the attack.
When asked by Rose whether Syria will use chemical warfare to fight back against the United States, Assad says that he is not able to rule anything out.
"You should expect everything. Not necessarily from the government," declared Assad, saying that the United States will “pay the price” for its actions.
Bashar al-Assad maintains in the interview that there is no evidence showing he used chemical weapons against his own people, while the Obama Administration says that it is very clear.
“The evidence speaks for itself,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to reporters while in London on Sunday.
Assad also warned, in the interview, that the United States should not just expect retaliation from Syria if the attack happens, but also from its allies, saying that his government is “not the only player in this region.”
"You have different parties, you have different factions, you have different ideology. You have everything in this region now," said Assad.
Congress is expected to come to a decision on Syria this week. The interview with Bashar al-Assad will air on Monday, September 9 at 9 p.m.