Nikki Haley: We Want to Bring Assad to Justice

‘We want him to pay for the crimes he’s done’

RADDATZ: “You and secretary of state tillerson have said that Assad leaving power is no longer a priority. Let me return to your comments about human rights and your charge that Assad has committed war crimes. Do was let that go?”
HALEY: “Assad is always a priority. That is not an issue. He’s a war criminal. He’s used chemical weapons on his own people. He’s a hindrance to peace in Syria. That is something the administration strongly believes. In addition to that, we need to start putting pressure on Russia and ir narks in terms of the fact that we need to get Iran out of there.”
RADDATZ: “But Assad can stay in power? That’s not a priority?”
HALEY: “No, our goal is we want to bring Assad to justice. We want him to pay for the crimes he’s done. We’re going to continue to let Russia know how dangerous it is to keep Assad in power. In addition to that, we’re going to fight ISIS. You don’t have to have one or the other. We have a lot of important issues. Assad is not going away. We’re not going to stop beating up on him. Not going to stop saying the way he treats the people in Syria is wrong. That he’s killed his own people.”


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