Bashar al-Assad has backed Donald Trump over his controversial travel ban
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said the US President's policy targeted terrorists – not people in general from his country.
The US President also imposed an indefinite ban on all Syrian refugees. The travel ban has since suspended by a US district judge.
[The travel ban is] not against the Syrian people
During an interview with Europe 1 radio and TF1 TV, Assad said: "It's against the terrorists that would infiltrate some of the immigrants to the West.
"And that happened. It happened in Europe, mainly in German.
"I think the aim of Trump is to prevent those people from coming.
"Not against the Syrian people."
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Mr Trump said his order, which triggered protests at home and abroad and confusion at US and international airports, was intended to prevent militants from entering the United States.
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His administration is challenging the suspension ruling, which was upheld last week by appeal court judges.
Assad's government has often criticised Western states for their support for Syrian rebel groups, all of which are regarded by Damascus as terrorists, and has warned that such backing will lead to militant attacks around the world.
Trump had issued an executive order that barred travellers from mostly Muslim countries
President Trump has not yet set out a clear policy on Syria
Mr Trump has not yet set out a clear policy on Syria but has indicated he could cut US support for insurgent groups and has said he wants to mend ties with Russia, whose President Vladimir Putin is Assad's strongest international ally.
Asked directly whether Mr Trump's immigration policy was the right one, Assad did not answer.
He also said he had not yet seen what Mr Trump's Syria policy would be.
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