Tillerson makes major announcement on Syria’s Assad

Steps are reportedly “underway” to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, over the chemical weapons attack that occured Tuesday, killing over 80 people.

“The events that have occurred in Syria with the chemical weapons during the past days have horrified all of us,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced at a new briefing Thursday afternoon.

The move threatens to pit the United States and Russia against one another, as Russia is supporting Assad.

“There is no doubt in our minds, and the information we have supports, that Syria and the Syrian regime under the leader under President Assad, are responsible for this attack.   It is very important that the Russian government consider carefully their continued support of the Assad regime,” he stated.

“Assad’s role in the future is uncertain clearly, and with the acts that he has taken it would seem that there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people,” Tillerson said.

A reporter asks what steps the United States would take to remove him from power?

Tillerson said the “process by which Assad would leave is something that requires an international community effort, by first to defeat ISIS within Syria, to stabilize the Syrian country to avoid further civil war, then to work collectively with our partners around the world with a political process that would lead to Assad leaving.”

He said those steps “are currently underway.”

 

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