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Marco Rubio: It's time for a new government in Syria

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, appeared on NBC's "Today" show Friday to discuss the U.S. airstrikes on Syria.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, appeared on NBC's "Today" show Friday to discuss the U.S. airstrikes on Syria.

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Sen. Marco Rubio says the next step in Syria should be to work with Sunni governments to discuss "an alternative" government in Syria, the Associated Press reports.

Rubio told NBC's Today show that President Donald Trump should reach out to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Turkey, to discuss ways to get Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down and create a new regime. Assad has not responded to diplomatic pressure in the past, but Rubio said the military strikes could change that.

He said, "We need to now move forward through a combination of diplomacy and, quite frankly, the support of groups on ground, particularly non-jihadist Sunni groups, to create alternatives to the Assad regime." 

[Last modified: Friday, April 7, 2017 9:17am]

    

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