Tillerson Warns Russia "Coalition Steps Are Underway To Remove Assad"

Tyler Durden's picture

VIX was being crushed and stocks were leaking higher just as planned, until Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hit the tape beating war drums and announcing a new US policy on Syria, just a week after he said the US had no interest in removing the Syrian president.

Specifically, Tillerson said that steps are underway to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and that the U.S. is considering an "appropriate response" to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons.

"The process by which Assad would leave is something that requires an international community effort both to first defeat ISIS within Syria, to stabilize the Syrian country to avoid further civil war and then to work collectively with our partners around the world through a political process that would lead to Assad leaving," Tillerson said at the news conference in Palm Beach, Fla.

Tillerson also called into question Assad's future in Syria, saying there would be "no role" for authoritarian ruler in Syria, and said that there is no doubt the Assad regime was reponsible for the Syria attack.

As a result, Tillerson said that "Assad’s role in the future is uncertain clearly, and with the acts that he has taken it would seem that there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people" 

Acknowledging that a conflict with Syria would involve Russia, Tillerson said that "it's very important that the Russian government consider carefully their continued support of the Assad regime."

All of which was a quick U-turn from last Thursday's comments when Tillerson said that “I think the longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people," a statement which as we reported infuriated John McCain.

The reaction in the market was quick:

... sending The Dow briefly red for the day.

While he has yet to frame his new policy on Syria, President Trump also had some "insight into next steps regarding Assad.

“He’s there, and I guess he’s running things, so I guess something should happen."

And just like that, the conflict between the US and Russia over the future of Syria - and of course that Qatar gas pipeline to Europe which started it all - is back on.

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EuroPox's picture

Nobody believes the lies anymore!  Fucking stop it!!

Unless Trump gets a grip NOW there will be no way back for him.

BullyBearish's picture

the coalition of the corrupt: usa, israhell, saudiboys, brits, frenchies, all other wahhabis

VD's picture

voted for Trump in no small part for his promised detente while simultaneously voting against neocon Hitlery criminal muderding sociopathic warmonger and now we're still pushing into WW3.

just another BTFD opportunity off the thermonuclear war (rumor)... .. . .. 

wildbad's picture

Hey Trump..I'm with Vlad!

Ignatius's picture

This absolutely, positively confirms it:  Trump, get fucked.

strannick's picture

Kushner gets a 250 million loan from Soros, leaks anti Bannon to Morning Joe, ousts Bannon from Security Council, now gets Trump to do Zio bidding to take on Russia in Syria.

A loan from Soros goes a long way towards buying a Judas on the Trump team to jump-start Soros' Satanic agenda and risk WW3

fx's picture

"The coalation will take steps to remove Assad"? Really? And I always thought they have been taking these steps for the past 6 years - if not for way longer.


As for Kushner, a clear example showing who NOT to marry your daughter to. A slimy zionist a$$hole if there ever was one.

Jim Sampson's picture

Kick our fucking asses, Russia!!!  Well, not mine, but you know.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Way to go, Shillerson. Threatening the Russians has always worked so well. You're starting to sound a little "horse".

BullyBearish's picture

rex baby...got a new name for you...instead of tillerson, you are hillary'son

beemasters's picture

Unfortunately, at this time, Russia isn't in the financial position to defend Syria and be involved in a war. The neocons know this.
China has to step in.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Teutoburg Forest

Sic Transit Gloria

Pinto Currency's picture

Apr 3 2017 - Europe approves Nordstream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany

April 6 2017 - need to attack Syria.

Coincidentally, with a new government a gas pipelin can be run from Qatar to Europe and cut-off Russian gas revenue.

Nord Stream 2 Project Gets Green Light From EU

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Qatar to Europe?  Via Israel as a chokepoint, of course.

zelator's picture

Is it just me (yeah I'm an old fart) or is anyone else watching that video of TRex reminded of LBJ explaining to the American people why we are escalating the war in Viet Nam?

Lumberjack's picture

His wife made him do it....

emersonreturn's picture

& why is that?  russia doesn't have any debt, it's got oil, gold, uranium, a nation that likes its president & know all about the ((west)) & the game afoot, in fact has been expecting it.  as for tillerson...he was standing next to putin when the sanctions went down, exxon had just signed a heck of deal for the kara sea.  i can't imagine a man more reluctant to be sitting on the hot seat reading that piece of shit ultimatium.  he has got to know neither putin nor the russian people will swallow this...O & there poor tillerson goes gulping a big one for kushner.






dogsandhoney2's picture

let's see...
bannon out,
fakenews pesticide bomb,
assad from evil to neutral to evil,
more war in middle east.

mic taking the reins,

no woof.

Diatom's picture

Will Russia drop the Hmeimin base?

STP's picture

You only need two initials to figure out what city to nuke first.   Here's a hint:  The first initial is "D".

TheReplacement's picture


Sorry, that is three.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Not just us but Tillerson's coalition consisting of: CIA, NSA, NRO, DHS, DoD, USN, USAF, USMC, General Dynamics, Lockheed, Whitehouse staff, CFR, Soros, Aramco, and other partners.

TheReplacement's picture

Dear President Trump and the world at large,

I, Vladimir Putin, ordered the air strike on the rebel weapons facility that caused the release of rebel chemical weapons.  The airstrike was carried out by Russian pilots flying Russian Air Force jets.  In response to the subsequent false accusations and illegal provocations and acts of war by NATO against Syria we have armed our defensive forces in Syria with production S-400 and test S-500 missiles systems.  We are also providing additional defensive weapons to our allies.

President Assad will remain the president of Syria as long as the Syria people continue to elect him.


The only real statesman left in the world.

Ignatius's picture

Couldn't get through on the phone, but I just emailed the Whitehouse and protested in the strongest terms possible in civil discourse.

C'mon people, light up that switchboard.

Killer the Buzzard's picture

What's fucking next?  Spirit cooking on the White House lawn?

Comtrend's picture

Deep State got to Rex:

Deep State pulls on Tillerson’s Strings: “No Role for Assad”

and they move FAST

US Official: Pentagon in Detailed Discussions with White House on Military Options in Syria


I bet the 2 neocohens McCain and Graham are in on this, maybe conditioning Gorsuch vote on having their war.

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tmosley's picture

You guys have really gone full retard. Step one is to remove ISIS. Step two is to stabilize Syria. Only after that is finished would they turn to removing Assad, ie years from now when everyone has forgotten all about this incident and he can just not do it and no-one will care.

Big question here: why does the ZH comment section hate Trump with such a vengence? Many, if not most here seem to have wanted him to fail from the start, or for him to suddenly turn evil for some reason, and every time there is a new bit of data to feed that confirmation bias, they are screaming "I told you so's" from the rooftops, and after the "scandal" dies down, everyone else still likes Trump and they are back looking for the next sign of the coming of the anti-Christ.

Is it just the doomboner crowd having withdrawals, or what?

Sanity Bear's picture

Step 1 is to learn to mind our own business

Step 2 is to realize our overwhelmingly most important business at this time is dealing with the Leviathan known as "the Deep State", "the swamp", "shadow government", etc. in some sort of Biblically decisive way.

Sanity Bear's picture

"Dyler Turden" is pretty amusing, tho. Credit where due.

rodocostarica's picture

202-456-1414 call. But they hang up on you when they know you are protesting Trump. But hope they record the call. Im calling every five minutes. Screw the NSA

Squid Viscous's picture

maybe Melania will answer, hey baby

(heavy breathing)

your'e so hot

(heavy breathing)

i just came in my pants...


Harnar's picture

I emailed the WH and my Senators/Reps.... I don't see how anyone can believe the chem story.... it just doesn't make any sense

Zorba's idea's picture

Uhh, Yeah, round up the usual suspects...absent any evidence or even the pretense of an investigation as to who, why and for what benefit. Oh well, no need to digress.

Chupacabra-322's picture

So, the War Criminal Treasonous "Policy" of arming, funding & traing Alqueda / Al CIA duh / ISIS / I CIA SIS terror organizations to destabilize yet another Sovereign Country will continue.

Only "Policy" change was the mission has now changed from Covert to Overt Status.

And, the most Bizzare part aside from the Russia PsyOp is that the Criminal Deep State is running with the exact same Assad Chemical Attack PsyOp.

The Scripted False Narratives have not changed one bit. These Pure Evil Criminal Psychopaths have Overdosed on their own "Bill Pills."

caconhma's picture

It is more obvious to even a blind that Trump is a low-life POS. It is the time to stop paying attention to what he said but rather by paying attention of what he does. So far, Trump lies, lies, and lies. 

Trump has fucked up every person who helped him to get to the WH with exception of his own family.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC's War Crimes are many & span 16 years.

The "Policy" of arming, funding & training Alqueda / Al CIA duh / ISIS /
I CIA SIS goes back to the days of the Mujahadeen.

Diplomacy is an Art that has been thrown into the dustbin of History. There is no profit motive in Diplomacy.

There are profits in Treasonous Pure Evil War Crimes. That pipeline is the Profit Motive as well as continued Criminal US Hedgemony of Vassal States & survival of the Ponzi Criminal US Petroleum Dollar.

N0TME's picture

Thanks, Captain Obvious!

Anything else we don't know that we could be enlightened with your superior wisdom?

Chupacabra-322's picture

As a matter Fact, Yes.

You're a Gargantuan Douche Bag.

HowdyDoody's picture

The technical term is Judas goat. "A Judas goat will lead sheep to slaughter, while its own life is spared."


Diatom's picture

Fuck Tillerson and fuck murika!


chunga's picture

Me too. I hope the Russians have evidence of this "attack" by Assad and release it to the world.

Beyond that I wish them well in their fight against the monsters calling the shots in this govt, even if I become collateral damage.

strannick's picture

Sociopaths dont regard evidence. They just screech their lies louder in the MSM

Due North's picture

I'm to the point now that if Putin would offer me some kind of grubstake in Russia and allow me to import all of my personal weaponry, I would renounce my US citizenship. Looks as if some of my relatives might be in the Donbass anyhoo.

N0TME's picture


Not really evidence.  

I'm trying to find the video of the RT reporter that was at the site of the warehouse where there were cannisters and packages of chemicals supposedly destined for Iraq.

AllTimeWhys's picture

I repeat myself:



VD's picture

libtards dont require proof and despise facts; it's a VLAD kinda feeling, & that's plenty enough for them...

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hoyeru (not verified) VD Apr 6, 2017 2:33 PM

sicne when are Trump and Tillerson "Libtards"???

You 'bots have totally lost any sens of self awareness and what you type. You just include your memes into everything, irrelevant or not.