Obama Administration Officials Speak Out Against Syrian President Bashar Assad

Jul 29, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Obama Administration speaks out against Syrian president

The uprising in Syria has incurred the ire of President Barack Obama and his administration.

"(Syrian President Bashar Assad is a leader) whose rule relies on terror, theft, and torture,” Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs of Jeffrey Feltman told a Congressional hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affair’s Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia Wednesday.

Feltman added Assad has no chance in outlasting the repeated protests that have led many Syrians to flee the country.

The U.S. has not officially called for Assad's resignation but have not invested anything into the regime and have made it clear the ruler's 11-year reign as leader of Syria has lost its legitimacy.

“The President must call for Assad, that blood-soaked dictator, to step down,” ranking member Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-NY said in his opening statement.

According to CNN, hundreds of refugees from Syria have made their way to the Turkish border in the past several months.

The news source states according to the United Nations, anti-regime protests have led to the death of more than 1,000 people in Syria in just the past three months.