Tillerson walks backs comments on Assad role in postwar Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reversed himself from previous statements hinting that Syrian president Bashar Assad would be able to stay in power after the civil war ended.  Tillerson now saysthere will be "no role" for Assad in a postwar Syria. In late March. Tillerson strongly suggested that removing Assad is "up to the Syrian people" – similar language to that being used by Russia and Iran. Indicating a possible shift in US policy on the war in Syria from the days of the Obama administration, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on a trip to Turkey that the "longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people." And in New York, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was even stronger about the Trump administration's decision not to push for Assad's departure. "Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out," Haley told wire reporters Thursday, according to...(Read Full Post)