During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley discussed the recent American airstrike on a Syrian airfield that was done in response to a chemical attack attributed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Host Jake Tapper wanted to know if the missile strike represented a switch in policy for President Donald Trump and his administration when it comes to Syria, noting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the action that there’s no role for Assad in Syria.
Highlighting that less than two weeks ago, Haley pointed out that getting Assad out of Syria wasn’t a policy for the U.S., Tapper pressed Haley on whether “regime change in Syria is now the official policy of the United States.”
The former South Carolina governor explained that there are now “multiple priorities” and that “getting Assad out is not the only priority.” She noted the additional priorities as being the defeat of ISIS and getting Iranian influence out of Syria, acknowledging that there “are no easy answers.”
“But is it the position of the Trump administration that he cannot be ruler of Syria anymore,” Tapper asked? “Regime change is the policy?”
“Well, regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria,” Haley responded.
Following the American strike against Syria, Haley told the United Nations Security Council that it “was time to say enough” after the Syrian chemical attack.