Why America is not in Syria, but that’s not stopping us from going after Assad
In a stunning shift from the previous administration’s stance on Syria, President Donald Trump is shifting course and moving towards a position that could be the biggest foreign policy risk facing the U.S. after the Syrian civil war.
On Wednesday, Trump announced that he is moving towards allowing U.N. monitors to travel into Syria to investigate the deaths of Syrian civilians.
This will allow the U,S.
to take a position at the United Nations against what it considers to be a genocide of civilians by the Assad regime, a claim that the United States has vehemently denied.
In a statement, the White House called the UNA plan “unacceptable,” adding that the Una plan will only allow for “a small number of people to enter Syria, which would violate international law and our laws.”
“The U.K. has called for the immediate suspension of U.NSMART and the UCAF,” the statement continued.
“The United States, under the direction of the President, will continue to lead the international coalition to support the Government of Syria against the scourge of ISIS and al-Nusra Front.”
In a follow-up tweet, Trump tweeted that he would ask for a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss the Uana plan.
The U.R.S., which is not a party to the U-N plan, has expressed strong objections.
“This decision will allow us to continue to fight the terrorists and Assad’s government in Syria while the United Nation monitors the situation,” Rami Abdulrahman, deputy director of the Urakh-i-Khalq Institute for Strategic Studies in Qatar, told CNN.
“But it is an unwise move, especially as the Unease over the UIAF plan is growing in the region and in the UU.”
The Una program is meant to provide humanitarian aid to people in need in Syria.
It has already been used to bring aid to hundreds of thousands of Syrians, including millions who are displaced by the war.
“We’re hopeful that the Trump administration will move toward allowing UNA to go into Syria in order to further aid those who have been displaced and are suffering, and help to help Syrians return to their homes,” Abdulrahmans told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
“It’s a good idea.
The problem is, they don’t know if they can or will.
They can’t tell us whether they can.”
Abdulrahms, a member of the National Security Council and a former U.A.E. envoy, said he had no doubts about the UANA plan’s legality.
“There is no legal basis for allowing the UUN monitors to enter the country,” he said.
“In any case, we have no idea what the outcome will be and we don’t have access to the Syrian opposition.”
The White House has repeatedly declined to comment on the plan’s legal status.