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Josh Dawsey • POLITICO
April 6, 2017: 11:15 PM


Quotes below from Rex Tillerson and HR McMaster. Noah Bierman, my co-pooler, will send you the last parts of tonight's news conference in separate feeds.

It should be noted that many reporters still had questions, but Sean Spicer cut off the briefing and declined to stay when reporters continued to shout questions at him, saying he had to leave with the officials.

I am available by cell -- 843-267-6747 -- or email for any questions. Let me know if I can help.

TILLERSON

"There were no discussions or prior contacts, nor had there been any since the attack with Moscow."

"I'l let them speak for themselves" -- of Russia

MCMASTER

Has his thinking changed on allowing Syrian refugees in the United States?

"No that wasn't discussed as any part of the deliberations."

"The one thing that I will tell you though: There was an effort to minimize risk to third country nationals at that airport -- I think you read Russians from that -- we took great pains to try to avoid that. Of course, you know, anytime in a military operation, there are no guarantees.

There were measures put in place to avoid hitting what we believe is a storage of sarin gas there. So that would not be ignited and cause a hazard to civilians or anyone else."

TILLERSON

"This clearly indicates the president is willing to take decisive action when called for."

"I would not in any way attempt to extrapolate that to a change in our policy or posture relative to our military activities in Syria today. There has been no change in that status."

"I think it does demonstrate that President Trump is willing to act when governments and actors cross the line and cross the line on violating commitments they've made and cross the line in the most heinous of ways."



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