by Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News:
Six years after President Barack Obama declared that Syrian President Bashar al Assad needed to “step aside,” Obama is out office, Assad remains in office, Syrian Christians are being targeted for genocide by Assad’s enemy, the Islamic State, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is telling reporters that whether Assad should stay or go will be decided by the Syrian people.
“About President Assad, should he stay or should he go?” a reporter asked Tillerson at a press briefing today in Ankara, Turkey.
“I think the status and the longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” Tillerson responded.
On Aug. 18, 2011, President Barack Obama issued a written statement declaring that Assad must step down.
“Today, President Obama called for the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, to step aside and took the strongest financial action against the Syrian regime thus far,” said the White House introduction to Obama’s statement.
Obama opened that statement by applauding what he called “the Syrian peoples’ pursuit of a peaceful transition to democracy.”
Obama went on to say that under his leadership the United States would be “pressuring President Assad to get out of the way.”
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