TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responded to US President Donald Trump's branding him an "animal" over Damascus’ alleged involvement in a chemical attack last month, but said he would not retaliate with insults.

“This is not my language, so, I cannot use similar language. This is his language. It represents him,” the Syrian president said in an exclusive interview with RT when asked about Trump’s move to use ‘animal Assad’ phrase in one of his tweets.

“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,” President Assad added.

He said Trump’s invention of an insulting nickname didn’t really matter for what happens in Syria.

“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,” Assad explained.

In the interview, to be released in full by RT on Thursday, the Syrian leader has also explicated his government’s position on the ongoing armed conflict in Syria, including plans to allow militant forces safe passage to Idlib, the escalating tension with Israel, and the continued presence of US troops in the northern parts of Syria.