Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Asks ‘What Is Aleppo?’ in TV Interview

LEWISTON, ME - AUGUST 26: Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson speaks at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston Friday, August 26, 2016. (Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson drew a blank during a live interview on MSNBC Thursday morning when asked what he would do to address the situation in Aleppo, which is the epicenter of the refugee crisis in Syria.

“What is Aleppo?” Johnson replied when asked how he would address the crisis in the Syrian city.

“You’re kidding,” journalist Mike Barnicle retorted.

“No,” Johnson said.

Barnicle then explained that he was talking about the Syrian conflict, and Johnson quickly corrected himself and explained what he believes should be done to address the situation in Syria, which he called “a mess.”

“I think the only way that we deal with Syria is to join hands with Russia,” Johnson said, “to diplomatically bring that to an end. But when we align ourselves with — when we’ve supported the opposition of the free Syrian army, the free Syrian army is also coupled with the Islamists and then the fact that we’re also supporting the Kurds and this is, it’s just a mess. And that this is the result of regime change that we end up supporting and, inevitably, these regime changes have led to a less safe world.”


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