A Syrian man who survived a Sarin gas attack that occurred in 2013 appeared on CNN with Brooke Baldwin Friday and praised President Donald Trump for striking a Syrian military airfield with Tomahawk missiles in response to a sarin gas attack, calling for him to take matters a step further against Bashar al-Assad.

Kassem Eid’s stance on the attack was clear.

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“I woke up for some reason, I couldn’t sleep. I woke up. I saw a lot of texts on my phone. I saw the news. I cried out of joy. I thanked God. I don’t know. I was overwhelmed. We’ve been asking for protection. We’ve been asking for consequences for more than six years I cried out of joy,” he said. “[T]oday for the first time it happened, for the very first time we see Assad held accountable just for once, held accountable for his crimes against humanity.”

“I felt grateful for President Trump. I felt grateful for the United States. I felt grateful for each and every person who lobbied and kept on talking until someone actually listened. I felt very, very grateful,” he added.

When asked by Baldwin for his thoughts on Trump’s controversial travel ban and Hillary Clinton’s quote, “We cannot, in one breath, speak of protecting Syrian babies, and in the next, close America’s doors to them.” Eid said he doesn’t want to leave Syria. He wants Syria to be freed from Assad.

“With all due respect, with all due respect, I didn’t see each and every person who was demonstrating after the travel ban. I didn’t see you three days ago when people were gassed to death, when civilians were gassed to death,” he said. “I didn’t see you in 2013 when 1,400 people were gassed to death. I didn’t see you raising your voice against President Obama’s inaction in Syria that led us refugees, that made us refugees get kicked out of Syria. If you really care about refugees, if you really care about helping us, please, help us stay in our in our country.”

“We don’t want to come to United States. We want to stay in our country, with all due respect. This is hypocrisy. If you really care, if you really care, help us stay in our country,” he continued. “We don’t want to become refugees. We want to stay in our country. Help us establish safe zones.”

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“[A]nd if you just give me a few seconds just to tell President Trump once again, please, sir, what you did was amazing, what you did was powerful message of hope for a lot of people inside and outside of Syria. Please, don’t stop on this. Please, help Syrians stay in their country. Please establish safe zones,” Eid concluded.

(H/t CNN)

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