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Charlie Rose interviews Bashar Assad
« on: September 08, 2013, 01:15:57 PM »

Charlie Rose interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad at the presidential palace in Damascus on Sunday morning.

The interview, Assad's first with an American television network in nearly two years, will air in its entirety on PBS's "Charlie Rose" show on Monday night, the same day that President Obama sits down with six television networks for recorded interviews.

In the interview, which Rose previewed on CBS's "Face The Nation" on Sunday morning, Assad denied that he had anything to do with the chemical weapons attack that took place on Aug. 21, 2013. Rose also said the Syrian president would not confirm or deny that the regime has chemical weapons.

Portions of the interview will be broadcast beginning Monday on "CBS This Morning," where Rose is a co-host. Excerpts will then be available across all CBS News platforms, including and the CBS Evening News.

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The interview will air in its entirety on "The Charlie Rose Show" on PBS television stations Monday night.

UPDATE (11:05 a.m.): Rose's preview of the interview as relayed by phone from Beirut, Lebanon, on CBS's "Face The Nation" on Sunday (bold mine):

[Assad] denied that he had anything to do with the attack. He denied that he knew there was a chemical attack, notwithstanding what has been said and notwithstanding the videotape. He said there‚Äôs 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.  He did however say that if in fact we do have them and I am not going to say yes or no, they are in centralized control and no one else has access to them.

He suggested as he has before that perhaps the rebels had something to do with it, he made some reference to Aleppo. The most important thing he said there has been no evidence that I used chemical weapons against my own people and that there is no evidence of that. And if in fact the administration had evidence of that they should show that evidence and make their case. I then obviously repeated the fact that Secretary Kerry is in the process of making the case and that in fact that information is being shown to members of congress as they begin to come back to Washington and consider an authorization for the President to make a military strike.

He said that he did not necessarily know whether there was going to be a military strike. He said that they were obviously as prepared as they could be for a strike. He said there would be, suggested that there would be, among people that are aligned with him some kind of retaliation if a strike was made that that would be,

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