from NewsweekSyriann President Bashar al-Assad has responded to President Donald Trump’s branding him an “animal” over the Syrian leader’s alleged involvement in a toxic gas attack last month, but said he would not retaliate with insults.

In an exclusive interview shared in part Wednesday by Russian government-run news channel RT, Assad said he was unmoved by Trump’s words, which were followed by U.S.-led airstrikes against Syrian government sites suspected of being involved in the production of chemical weapons. Assad told the interviewer he had no nickname for Trump because “This is not my language, so, I cannot use similar language. This is his language. It represents him.”

“I think there is a very known principle, that what you say is what you are. So, he wanted to represent what he is, and that’s normal,” Assad told RT.

“It didn’t move anything and this language shouldn’t move anything for anyone. The only thing that moves you is what people that you trust, people who are level-headed, people who are thoughtful, people who are moral, ethical, that’s what should move anything inside you, whether positive or negative. Somebody like Trump will move nothing for me,” he added.

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