President Trump on Tuesday said Russia is backing an "evil person" by supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad.
"Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person," Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo set to air on Wednesday.
"And I think it's very bad for Russia. I think it's very bad for mankind. It's very bad for this world," he said.
Trump further argued that Assad's use of chemical weapons on civilians makes the Syrian leader "an animal."
"But when you drop gas or bombs or barrel bombs — they have these massive barrels with dynamite and they drop them right in the middle of a group of people. And in all fairness, you see the same kids — no arms, no legs, no face. This is an animal," Trump said.
The White House on Tuesday released an intelligence assessment stating that the administration is “confident” that Assad used sarin gas in a chemical attack against civilians.