While President Obama continues to drum up support to drop some bombs on Syria, CBS/PBS may have landed the biggest interview in the hotly-contested international crisis yet.
Charlie Rose sat down with one with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday morning.
Charlie Rose interviewed the Syrian leader in Damascus, and discussed with the prez his alleged use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians on August 21. Per Rose, who called in to CBS’ “Face the Nation” and relayed details of the interview, Assad wholly denied the allegations.
Assad “denied that he had anything to do with the attack,” Rose said. “He denied that he knew there was a chemical attack, notwithstanding what has been said and notwithstanding the videotape. He said there’s not enough evidence to make a conclusive judgment. He would not say even, even though I read him the lead paragraph of the New York Times today in the story about their chemical weapons supply. And he said I cannot confirm or deny that we do have them.”
Interview with Rose marks Assad’s first interview with an American news outlet in roughly two years.
Rose’s interview with Assad will be aired in segments beginning Monday on “CBS This Morning,” which Rose co-hosts, and the full-length interview with air on PBS’ “The Charlie Rose Show” Monday night.