Tillerson: ‘Steps Are Under Way’ to Remove Assad From Power in Syria

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to employees at the State Department on February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC
On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “steps are under way” to form an international coalition to remove the president of Syria Bashar al-Assad after Tuesday’s chemical bombings in Syria. Partial transcript as follows: TILLERSON: Well obviously, the events that have occurred in Syria with the chemical weapons attack here in the past day I think have just horrified all of us and brought to the front pages and to our television screens as well the tragedy that is part of the Syrian conflict. There is no doubt in our mind and the information we have supports that Syria, the Syrian regime under the leadership of Bashar al-Assad are responsible for this attack and I think further it’s very important that the Russian government consider carefully their continued support for the Assad regime. REPORTER: Does Assad have to go? TILLERSON: Assad’s role in the future is uncertain and with the acts that he has taken, it would seem that there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people. REPORTER: And what steps is the United States prepared to take in order to remove him from power? TILLERSON: The process by which Assad would leave I think