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Charlie Rose Interviews Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad In Damascus, Face The Nation
Published on Sep 8, 2013
Charlie Rose interviews Bashar Assad ” I had nothing to do with the chemical weapons attacks “
Charlie Rose interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad at the presidential palace in Damascus on Sunday morning.
The interview, Assad’s first with an American television network in nearly two years, will air in its entirety on PBS’s “Charlie Rose” show on Monday night, the same day that President Obama sits down with six television networks for recorded interviews.
In the interview, which Rose previewed on CBS’s “Face The Nation” on Sunday morning, Assad denied that he had anything to do with the chemical weapons attack that took place on Aug. 21, 2013. Rose also said the Syrian president would not confirm or deny that the regime has chemical weapons.
Portions of the interview will be broadcast beginning Monday on “CBS This Morning,” where Rose is a co-host. Excerpts will then be available across all CBS News platforms, including cbsnews.com and the CBS Evening News.
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UPDATE (11:05 a.m.): Rose’s preview of the interview as relayed by phone from Beirut, Lebanon, on CBS’s “Face The Nation” on Sunday (bold mine): [Assad] denied that he had anything to do with the attack. He denied that he knew there was a chemical attack, notwithstanding what has been said and notwithstanding the videotape. He said there’s not enough evidence to make a conclusive judgment. He would not say even, even though I read him the lead paragraph of the New York Times today in the story about their chemical weapons supply.
And he said I cannot confirm or deny that we do have them. He did however say that if in fact we do have them and I am not going to say yes or no, they are in centralized control and no one else has access to them. He suggested as he has before that perhaps the rebels had something to do with it, he made some reference to Aleppo. The most important thing he said there has been no evidence that I used chemical weapons against my own people and that there is no evidence of that. And if in fact the administration had evidence of that they should show that evidence and make their case. I then obviously repeated the fact that Secretary Kerry is in the process of making the case and that in fact that information is being shown to members of congress as they begin to come back to Washington and consider an authorization for the President to make a military strike.
He said that he did not necessarily know whether there was going to be a military strike. He said that they were obviously as prepared as they could be for a strike. He said there would be, suggested that there would be, among people that are aligned with him some kind of retaliation if a strike was made that that would be, what would be, that he would not even talk about the nature of the response. He had a message to the American people that it had not been a good experience for them to get involved in the Middle East in wars and conflicts in the Middle East, that the results had not been good and they should not get involved and that they should communicate to their congress and to their leadership in Washington not to authorize a strike. [...] Bob, that was the very first question I asked: Do you expect an attack? He said, I don’t know. He said we prepared as best we can.
He did not say that he assumed there was going to be an attack in Syria because of the chemical weapons. I also pursued the question of whether there was anything that he was prepared to do anything to stop the attack, for example to give up chemical weapons, if that would stop the attack. I also raised the question with him did he fear that if there was an attack, it would degrade his own military, and therefore make it more likely that it might tip the balance. He’s very, very concerned about that as an issue. He talked about his father, and the lessons that he learned from his father, that war was ruthless, and that after Homma, his father went all out to destroy, at the time, the Muslim brotherhood.
So he was calm, he knew the situation he was in, in fact, Damascus seemed relatively calm, the places that I was today but there is a clear sense that they are closely watching what is happening in Washington. I think the reason they did this interview today, we’ve been trying for a long time, but we did it today because they’re watching what happens in Washington.
Syria: Syrian President Bashar al Assad Charlie Rose Interview September 9, 2013
Published on Sep 9, 2013
Syria: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – Charlie Rose Interview – September 9, 2013
PBS’ Charlie Rose interviews Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, September 9, at 9 p.m. in a special presentation of CHARLIE ROSE. In this global television exclusive, Assad gives his only television interview since President Barack Obama asked Congress to approve the use of force against the Syrian regime for alleged use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.
Bashar Assad tells Charlie Rose U.S. should “expect every action” in response to Syria strikes
Published on Sep 9, 2013
Bashar Assad tells Charlie Rose U.S. should “expect every action” in response to Syria strikes Charlie Rose interviewed Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday.
CBS News’ Bob Schieffer announced the news on “Face the Nation” Sunday. The full interview will air on the “Charlie Rose Show” Monday night — the same day as President Obama’s recorded interviews with six networks. Portions of the interview will also air on Monday’s “CBS This Morning,” and other platforms across CBS News.
Rose previewed the interview on Sunday, speaking on the phone from Beirut. He told Schieffer that Assad “denied that he had anything to do with the attack.”
Rose traveled to the palace in Damascus for the sit-down. He was accompanied by Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes.” The interview comes as the White House attempts to make the case for U.S. military intervention in Syria.
It is the first interview that Assad has given to an American news network in two years. Barbara Walters sat down with him in Syria in 2011. The conflict in Syria has been notoriously difficult and dangerous for journalists to cover. Twenty-eight journalists were killed in Syria in 2012, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, while kidnapping remains a persistent threat.
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad Hints at Another 9/11 If Attacked By U S to Charlie Rose
Published on Sep 9, 2013
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad Hints at Another 9/11 If Attacked By U S to Charlie Rose Bashar Assad tells Charlie Rose U.S. should “expect every action” in response to Syria strikes Charlie Rose interviewed Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday.
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