DAMASCUS — Syria's president criticized the lack of experience in U.S. presidential politics, telling NBC News it is "dangerous" for the country.
NBC News sat down with President Bashar al-Assad at his office on Wednesday for a wide-ranging interview on ISIS, Syria's civil war and the U.S. presidential election.
Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have traded blows over U.S. policy in Syria — with the former secretary of state a vocal advocate for Assad's removal while Trump has cited ISIS' defeat as a higher priority, amid withering critiques of his foreign-policy proposals.
Syria's president made little distinction between the two candidates, however, when asked if he was worried about Trump's lack of foreign policy experience.
"Who had this experience before? Obama? Or George Bush? Or (Bill) Clinton before? None of them had any experience," he told NBC News. "This is the problem with the United States."