In response to the terrible event that occurred in Syria this week, the Trump administration issued a statement calling the event “intolerable” and “reprehensible.” However, the administration, unlike previous administrations, did not call for the removal of Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad. The administration called this idea impractical, and Sean Spicer said that “we would look, to some degree, rather silly not acknowledging the political realities that exist in Syria.” As the administration takes a straightforward and “America First” approach to foreign affairs, many from both political parties are concerned with what this means for human rights. Worrying only about the welfare of the citizens of America could lead to some very serious consequences.

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