Donald Trump wanted to assassinate Bashar al-Assad

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Trump reportedly told Mattis that he wanted to assassinate Bashar al-Assad after his chemical weapons attack on Syrians last year. President Donald Trump reportedly wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after a chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria in April 2017. Evan Vucci/AP President Donald Trump reportedly told Defense Secretary James Mattis he wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last year. It came after a chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians last year, according to an excerpt from Bob Woodward’s new book.