Trump "changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime," Assad said
Part 3 - Israel and Regional Alignments
The Syrian leader not only singled out the United States as an adversary but also pointed to other regional actors as playing a role in arming anti-government fighters.
According to Assad, alliances with Russia and China, especially in military cooperation, have been crucial to securing his government.
"The terrorists, acting on Israeli, American, Turkish, Qatari, and Saudi instructions have destroyed some of these (missile defense) systems," the head of state said. "And it is natural for us to negotiate with the Russians now with a view to strengthening these systems, whether to face any Israeli threats from the air or the threats of American missiles."
Neighboring Israel has attacked Syrian government positions, including an Apr. 23 airstrike in the Quneitra province that killed three. However, Assad also accused Israel of directly supporting armed opposition forces, including terrorist groups.
"(Israel) is supporting terrorists in two ways: first by providing direct support in the form of weapons, and second by providing logistic support, i.e. allowing them to conduct military exercises in the areas it controls. It also provides them with medical assistance in its hospitals," Assad added.
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