Mouin says: "Yet his successor has heaped more praise on Damascus than any US president since the Ba’thists seized power in 1963." Of course this is not true. It is hardly true that Trump "praised" Bashshar as such. In fact, Mouin would not have written this sweeping statement had he read the statements about Hafidh Al-Asad by Gerald Ford, or Bill Clinton, or George H.W. Bush, or Jimmy Carter in his retirement years.. They were certainly stronger in their praise.