Former Syrian premier-turned-rebel-negotiator Dr. Riad Hijab, the chief coordinator of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee, praised Wednesday’s tough talk after he said Trump officials initially seemed to be giving Assad a pass.

“Trump needs to turn his words into action… What we ask from Mr. Trump is to destroy all the chemical weapons. And the toxic gas. And all the carriers—the missiles, the air planes, and the air bases,” he said in an interview in Washington, D.C., ahead of meetings with Trump officials. READ MORE