Careful not to go so far as saying he “justified” President Donald Trump’s recent attempt to institute a travel ban from seven Muslim-majority nations, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Yahoo News Thursday that there were “definitely” terrorists within the Syrian refugee population seeking asylum in the U.S. and other western nations.
Assad told Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff that he did not wish to comment on Trump’s travel ban, currently being challenged in federal court, but that he could offer his opinion that among the 4.8 million refugees who have fled due to the Syrian civil war, there are people aligned with terrorist groups.
“You can find it on the [internet],” Assad said. “Those terrorists in Syria, holding the machine gun or killing people, they [appear as] peaceful refugees in Europe or in the West.”
Originally published on The Blaze.