Exclusive: Syria’s President Assad says he would step down ‘if there is public consensus’

President Bashar Assad of Syria will leave office “whenever the Syrian people don’t want me,” he told Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff in an exclusive interview in Damascus. Asked how he would know if there was such a consensus, he said it was something “you can sense, you can feel … and then if you want to do something documented, you can have [a] referendum.” The interview in Assad’s office was his first since President Trump took office. As with all interviews granted by President Bashar Assad, this interview was filmed by his presidential press office. No editorial changes were made to the content.