US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday, April 6 there was no role for Syrian President Bashar Assad to continue governing his country after a suspected chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun, Idlib, two days prior.
In a press conference, Tillerson said, “Assad’s role in the future is uncertain clearly, and with acts that he has taken it would seem there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people.”
Asked if the US would organize an international coalition to remove Assad from power, he said, “Those steps are underway.” Tillerson said the removal of Assad would be part of a political process that would come after Islamic State was defeated and Syria is stabilized.
The statement is seen as a stark departure from the Trump administration’s position towards the Syrian conflict that previously said Assad’s rule was up to the Syrian people to decide. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also recently said pursuing a policy of regime change in Syria would be “silly.” Credit: Twitter/Department of State via Storyful