"Today's chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a 'red line' against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing."
[U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's] statements came just days after both she and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stirred controversy when they said the U.S. was no longer trying to remove Assad from power and may work with him to help fight the Islamic State. The comments represented a sharp departure from the strategy of former President Barack Obama, whose administration for years worked to remove the Syrian dictator from power.Haley told reporters on Thursday that the plan has changed, and the United States' "priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out.""Do we think he's a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No," she said.