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Saudi King Faults Syrian Regime for 'Destruction to Their Own Country'

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By    |   Saturday, 20 May 2017 11:24 AM

A conversation between President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman appears to have been overheard by a reporter who said the Saudi Arabian leader claimed the Syrian regime "brought destruction to their own country," the Washington Examiner reported Saturday.

Neil Grasso of CBS News overheard the two leaders while travelling with Trump on his first overseas trip abroad since becoming president. The press pool report published the entire quote, but a CBS executive said the statement had not yet been verified.

"Syria too used to be one of the most advanced countries. We used to get our professors from Syria. They served our kingdom. Unfortunately, they too brought destruction to their own country. You could destroy a country in mere seconds, but it takes a lot of effort," King Salman reportedly said.

Syria's civil war has raged for six years, and the United Nations estimated the conflict had claimed roughly 400,000 lives. Saudi Arabia praised the U.S. when Trump conducted a missile attack in April against a Syrian air base in response to reports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people.

A Pentagon official on Thursday reported U.S. warplanes also attacked a convoy of fighters backed by the Syrian regime in the southern part of the country that borders Jordan and Iraq, the Washington Examiner reported.

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