Chuck Todd: Assad Interview Could Help Obama Sell Congress on Syria Strike

MSNBC Chief Political Analyst Chuck Todd quickly reacted to excerpts of Charlie Rose’s interview with Bashar al-Assad, saying the Syrian President’s threats of retaliation against a U.S. strike, and overall efforts to dissuade lawmakers from authorizing military action, would backfire into congressional support for U.S. intervention.

“What Assad’s doing today is going to help the President,” Todd said on Morning Joe.

“Every quote I have seen this morning from Assad in that CBS interview—if you’re the White House, you can’t get those quotes out enough,” Todd said. “He’s sitting there trying to give advice members of Congress? That’s sets up an interesting little framework for the White House to try to appeal to members of Congress today. It’s black and white, and it’s a little offensive to people, but: ‘You wanna be on our side, or you wanna be on Assad’s side?'”

Todd backed up his thought with a tweet:

Excerpts of Rose’s interview with Assad aired on CBS This Morning; the full interview will be broadcast on PBS Monday evening.

Watch the full clip below, via MSNBC:

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