Rex Tillerson Asks Russia To Rethink Alliance With Bashar Al-Assad

Speaking to reporters a week before his scheduled trip to Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday there is “no doubt in our mind” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government is behind a chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrians on Tuesday, and “it’s time that the Russians really need to think carefully about their continued support of the Assad regime.” His comments echoed those made by U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who said “Assad, Russia, and Iran have no interest in peace” and Russia “cannot escape responsibility for this.” At the White House earlier, President Trump said the attack “crossed a lot of lines for me” and his “attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.” The Syrian government has said it is not responsible for the attack, which Russia has pinned on Syrian rebels.