FOREIGN POLICY/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Sen. John McCain said Tuesday [4-4-17] the Trump administration’s decision to no longer prioritize ending the Syrian civil war is ‘another disgraceful chapter in American history.’
‘(Syrian President) Bashar Assad and his friends, the Russians, take note of what Americans say,’ the Arizona Republican told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on ‘New Day.’ ‘I’m sure they took note of what our Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson) said just the other day that the Syrian people would be determining their own future themselves — one of the more incredible statements I’ve ever heard.’
‘I’m sure they are encouraged to know the United States is withdrawing and seeking a new arrangement with the Russians,’ he added. ‘It is another disgraceful chapter in American history and it was predictable.’
The Trump administration doubled down last week on prioritizing the fight against ISIS over ending the Syrian civil war and getting rid of Assad, the policy under the Obama administration.”

-Eugene Scott, “McCain rips Trump administration over Syria policy,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, April 4, 2017