Syria

White House Says Assad Has No Place in Transitional Syrian Government

Obama administration spokesman says the administration's priority is to have Assad removed from power

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The White House said Friday it does not see any role for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in a prospective political transition in Syria.

"I'd be hard pressed to make the case to you that he should have a role in a transitional government," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, adding that Assad was responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of his own people.

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