Tess Torelli April 16, 2018

Following the weekend attack on Syria, Trump announced on Twitter that the strike was “perfectly carried out.” In a speech, he called out Russia and Iran for backing the regime by Syrian President Assad.

The U.S. alleged that the Assad regime used chemical weapons to “terrorize and subdue both opposition fighters and the civilian population.” The strike on the Syria was designed to destroy chemical weapons development infrastructure, the United States says.

But Sawiris, who is the second-richest man in Egypt with a net worth of $4.2 billion, said the attack by the U.S. and its allies was more of a “symbolic strike” and may do little to end Syria’s “big mess” situation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday warned that further attacks on Syria would bring chaos to international order.

Russia is a “new superpower” that the world much reckon with, Sawiris said. But he added that he doesn’t fear retaliatory actions by Putin.

“I’m not worried about retaliation unless everybody wants to go even more crazy than it already is,” he said.

Disclosure: NBC Universal is a minority stakeholder in Euronews, which is majority-held by Naguib Sawiris.

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