Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says accusations that he ordered a chemical weapons attack are "100 percent fabrication," NBC News reported.
Assad was speaking in his first interview since the deadly alleged gas poisoning in Idlib that prompted a U.S. missile strike in retaliation. President Donald Trump and other leaders blame Assad for around 100 civilian deaths.
"Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand in glove with the terrorists," he said, referring to the rebel groups that are fighting his Assad regime. "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack."
In the interview with news agency AFP, Assad also said Syria's military had given up all chemical weapons. The interview was recorded in Damascus by Syrian government cameras and released to other media outlets