UN Envoy Nikki Haley: U.S. Priority No Longer Removing Assad From Syria

'We can't necessarily focus on Assad the way that the previous administration did,' Haley says.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to AIPAC's policy conference in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2017.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to AIPAC's policy conference in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2017. JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS

The United States is no longer making removing Syrian President Bashar Assad a focus of its policy in the war-torn country, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday. 

"Our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out," Haley told a small group of reporters. "Our priority is to really look at how do we get things done, who do we need to work with to really make a difference for the people in Syria." 

"We can't necessarily focus on Assad the way that the previous administration did," she said.