U.S. position remains firm that Assad is a brutal dictator
Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Friday during her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to recent comments by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev asking for some kind of guarantees for Assad's personal fate and on Assad's role in Syria going forward. When asked if the U.S. was ready to give Assad such guarantees, Psaki said the U.S. remains firm in its position.
"Broadly speaking, our position hasn't changed that President Assad is a brutal dictator who has killed over 100,000 people over the last two years," Psaki said. "That's why we're at the point we're at. And our view of him and of whether or not he has to go hasn't changed."
When asked if the U.S. would consider a segment of Syrian society that looks to Assad as its leader, Psaki said that Assad must not be a part of the Syrian transitional government.
"(Assad) has brutally killed over 100,000 people," Psaki said. "This is a country that is - people are literally starving because his regime won't let humanitarian access into certain cities and suburbs of the capital. So I don't think this is a case where we are considering requests from a typical interlocutor."