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Syria-watchers, including members of the United States Senate, reacted critically to statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley about the Trump administration's position on the status of Syrian President Bashar Assad.August 2011, then U.S. President Barack Obama declared that Assad – already deep into a political survival strategy of civilian mass homicide – should step aside. The president and his White House team thought Assad was a goner: Getting the commander in chief on the record and on "the right side of history" before Assad was swept from the stage was the driving force behind the "step aside" statement. Knowing how vital Assad was to Iran's ability to support Lebanon's Hezbollah, Obama was extremely reluctant to rock the Assad boat in Syria while pursuing and even after achieving a nuclear accord with Tehran.It would not, in short, be proper to conclude from the Tillerson and Haley statements that the United States has abandoned an Obama administration quest to rid Syria of Assad.
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