Residents of the besieged city of Aleppo discuss the implications for Syria of the U.S. election victory of Republican Donald Trump. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Footage uploaded to social media on Thursday (November 10) purports to show residents of the besieged city Aleppo reacting with concern and skepticism to Donald Trump's United States (U.S.) election victory on Wednesday (November 9). One unidentified Syrian man said an American president that admired Russia's leader, Vladimir Putin, was a setback for the United States as a great country of the world. "Regarding Syria, he definitely stated that he is in favor of keeping (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad. He is against any movement which he labeled disobedience. He described the great Syrian revolution as 'disobedience' against the ruling of Syria, and against Bashar al-Assad," he said. Trump said in an October 25 interview with Reuters that defeating Islamic State was a higher priority than persuading Assad to step down, and warned that his opponent for the presidency, Hillary Clinton could drag the United States into a new world war over the Syria conflict. In one of his debates with Clinton, Trump said he did "not like Assad at all, but Assad is killing ISIS" with Russia and Iran. Another unidentified man worried about the president-elect's statements on Muslims. "My opinion is either Clinton or Trump are two sides of the same coin but the situation has been changed in one thing, that the American democracy… it becomes very clear that Trump is against Islam and Muslims," he said. The Syrian civil war, now in its sixth year, has killed hundreds of thousands of people, allowed the rise of Islamic State and created the world's worst refugee crisis.