Correction: A previous version of this post misspelled the White House chief of staff's first name. It is Denis. 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is "closely watching" the American political debate over whether to authorize military strikes on his country, PBS's Charlie Rose said on Sunday.

"There is a clear sense that they are closely watching what has happened in Washington," Rose said on CBS News's "Face the Nation" on Sunday morning, following an interview with Assad. Rose described Assad—and the capital Damascus—as being "calm," adding that Assad "knew the position he was in."