First, let's start with the question, from debate moderator Martha Raddatz:
...If you were president, what would you do about Syria and the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo?...
Trump responded, after Ms. Clinton had spoken cogently about how her first step would be a no-fly zone followed by leveraged diplomatic talks with Russia, with much blather that had nothing whatsoever to do with saving the lives of innocents in Aleppo and ended with this:
...I don't like Assad at all, but Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS and Iran is killing ISIS and they have lined up because of weak foreign policy...
This was followed by moderator Raddatz attempting to bring Mr. Trump back to the original question:
...Mr. Trump, let me repeat the question. If you were president, what would you do about Syria and the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, and I want to remind you what your running mate said. He said provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength and that if Russia continues to be involved in airstrikes along with the Syrian government forces of Assad, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike the military targets of the Assad regime...
Which led to the following undeniable statements by Mr. Trump:
...He (Pence) and I haven't spoken, and I disagree.
...Right now, Syria is fighting ISIS. We have people that want to fight both at the same time. But Syria is no longer Syria. Syria is Russia and it’s Iran who she made strong and Kerry and Obama made into a powerful nation and a rich nation, very quickly, very, very quickly. I believe we have to get ISIS. We have to worry about ISIS before we can get too much more involved. She had a chance to do something with Syria, they had a chance, and that was the line...
If you thought that the big story today, the day after the debate, might be something about what it would mean if, as Mr. Trump was advocating, the United States were to include herself in an axis that would also include Mr. Putin's Russia and Mr. Assad's Syria you would be wrong.
Instead, the lede to this story in most of the big USian proMedia outlets like, say, CNN is something akin to the following:
Republican candidate Donald Trump flatly contradicted his running mate on Syria policy in the second presidential debate Sunday, signaling a lack of cohesion on foreign policy issues.
"He and I haven't spoken, and he and I disagree," Trump said in response to a question about whether he backs the possible use of military force against the Assad regime in Syria as staked out by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, with whom he shares the ticket, at the vice presidential debate Tuesday...
It is lede burying, under the mounds of political horse-racier-than-thou talk, that prevents a citizenry from openly discussing what Mr. Trump is saying he would actually do as President that is the real problem here.
And as to Mr. Trump's assertion that Mr. Assad is ISIS' worst enemy, well, actually...No.