Apr 9, 2017

Tillerson: ISIS, not Assad, remains top priority

Alex Brandon / AP

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on CBS' Face the Nation, "our priority in Syria really hasn't changed... first and foremost we must defeat ISIS." Here's what else he said:

  • "The issue of how Bashar al-Assad's leadership is sustained or how he departs is something that we will be working with allies or others in the coalition."
  • And on ABC's Face the Nation: "We're asking and calling on Bashar al-Assad to cease the use of these weapons. Other than that, there is no change to our military posture."
  • "We've seen what that looks like when you undertake a violent regime change in Libya and the situation in Libya continues to be very chaotic."

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has gone further, though, saying the US believes regime change is coming. She and H.R. McMaster both said the US is willing to "do more" against the regime.

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