A woman walks past a poster of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus [File: Yamam al-Shaar/Reuters]

Syria on Wednesday hit back at President Donald Trump and likened the United States to a “rogue state” after he said he wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“Trump’s admission of such a step confirms that the US administration is a rogue … state,” Syria’s foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.

“It pursues the same tactics as terrorist groups such as murder and assassination,” it said, a day after Trump made the remarks to the morning show Fox & Friends.

The US president said his then-secretary of defence, Jim Mattis, opposed the assassination of al-Assad in 2017.

“I would have

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