Assad DENIES Deadly Gas Attack: CBS’s Charlie Rose granted interview with Syrian President

Published on September 9, 2013

Charlie Rose interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at his palace in Damascus this morning and will air the entire interview tomorrow, just one day before President Obama is set to address the nation.

While Congress debates whether or not to carry out military strikes against Syria, President al-Assad told Mr Rose that he had nothing to do with the chemical weapons attack on August 21 that killed 1,400 civilians, including hundreds of children.

Speaking from Beirut, Lebanon on Face the Nation, Mr Rose relayed some of what President al-Assad said in their interview.

While he insists he had nothing to do with the chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of Damascus last month, ‘he does accept some of the responsibility’.

Mr Rose asked the president whether or not he felt any remorse.

‘He said “Of course I do,” but it did not come in a way that was sort of deeply felt inside. It was much more of a calm reaction of anybody who’s a leader of a country would feel terrible about what’s happened to its citizens,’ Mr Rose said.

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