WASHINGTON (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning the U.S. of repercussions if it launches a military strike against him. “You should expect everything,” Assad said in an interview, while denying that his troops used chemical weapons. “If you strike somewhere, you have to expect the repercussions somewhere else,” he said.
In London, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was unmoved by Assad’s denial, saying he would be confident going into any courtroom with the evidence gathered by the United States that Syria’s government used chemical weapons against its people.
“What does he offer?” Kerry asked of Assad. “Words that are contradicted by fact.”
At the White House, National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said, “It doesn’t surprise us that someone who would kill thousands of his own people, including hundreds of children with poison gas, would also lie about it.”