Suspected Syria gas attack 'consequence' of U.S. remarks on Assad - Syria opposition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A suspected Syrian government chemical attack in Syria was a "direct consequence" of recent U.S. statements that it was not now focused on making Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power, a Syrian opposition member said on Tuesday.

"The first reaction from Syrians is that this is a direct consequence of American statements about Assad not being a priority and giving him time and allowing him to stay in power," Basma Kodmani told Reuters in Washington.

(Reporting by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Andrew Hay)