The world has undoubtedly been distracted in the days following the targeted, retaliatory airstrike on a Syrian airbase that was given the green light by President Donald Trump.
However, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson just reassured Americans and the rest of the civilized world that while the Trump administration has plans of eventually removing Bashar al-Assad from power, it’s not the top priority in the region.
Washington Examiner reports:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday said the Trump administration’s top priority in respect to Syria is decimating the Islamic State before deciding how to dismantle Bashar Assad’s regime.
“We believe that the first priority is the defeat of ISIS. That by defeating ISIS and removing their caliphate from their control, we’ve now eliminated at least – or minimized a particular threat not just to the United States, but to the whole stability in the region,” Tillerson told CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson.
“And once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria. We’re hopeful that we can prevent a continuation of the civil war and that we can bring the parties to the table to begin the process of political discussions,” Tillerson added.
Tillerson said the U.S. wants to remain an outside influencer in that second process, allowing the Syrian people to make their own “self-determination” of what to do with Assad, rather than leave the decision to America and its allies.
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