BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 07: Journalist Charlie Rose speaks onstage during the 'Charlie Rose: The Week' panel discussion at the PBS portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Getty Images
WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) is warning there will be retaliation against the U. S. for any military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack.
In an interview broadcast Monday on CBS' "This Morning," Assad says, quote, "You should expect everything."
Asked by anchorman Charlie Rose to elaborate, Assad says, "You should expect everything. Not necessarily from the government."
He said the U.S. would "pay the price if you are not wise with dealing with terrorists," and also said any strike would be supporting the same Al Qaeda terrorists who struck America on 9/11.
President Barack Obama is seeking an authorization from Congress to punish Assad for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack that the administration maintains Assad ordered.
Assad denied that, saying his soldiers were "in another area" at the time. Asked about the case the U.S. is arguing, Assad said, "nothing has been presented."
"He doesn't have [it]. He didn't present it because he doesn't have [it]. Kerrry doesn't have [it]. No one in the administration has [it]," Assad told Rose.
The interview excerpt also included Assad taking a shot at Obama by accusing him of adopting the same ideology as George W. Bush:
"Our soldiers in another area were attacked chemically, our soldiers. They went to the hospital, as casualties because of chemical weapons," Assad also told Rose. "But in the area where they said the government used chemical weapons, we only had video and we only have pictures and allegations. We're not there. Our forces -- our police, our institutions don't exist. How can you talk about what happened if you don't have evidences? We're not like the American administration. We're not social media administration or government. We are the government that deals with reality."
The full interview will be aired on Monday night on PBS.