US Ambassador to the United Nations said Washington will not be satisfied until Syrian President Bashar Assad is removed from power.
Talking to reporters at a White House press briefing, Nikki Haley said: “I think we’re not going to be satisfied until we see a solid and stable Syria, and that is not with Assad in place.”
President Donald Trump’s administration has several time changed its views and rhetoric regarding the Syrian president. During his election campaign and first months in office, the US president said that not Assad’s ousting, but the fight against terrorism should be the priority.
However, after the alleged chemical attack in the Idlib province which many analysts said it was a false flag operation that aims to justify a western attack on Damascus, the US president ordered a massive missile strike on a military airfield in the country. Since then, Washington’s mixed signals concerning the future of the Syrian president continued.
Damascus has repeatedly said that it has never used and won’t use chemical weapons against civilians, emphasizing that it has no chemical weapons since 2014 due to an agreement the US was part of.