(USA Today) President Obama approved an additional $12 million in humanitarian assistance to Syria today, amid reports that he has also authorized covert aid to rebels who are seeking to topple the regime of Bashar Assad.
White House officials also bashed Assad over the decision by peace envoy Kofi Annan to step down in the face of the Syrian government’s continuing violence against its people.
“It is disgusting and really highlights the absolute requirement that — for the future of the Syrian people — Assad must step aside,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Carney also said Annan’s resignation “highlights the failure in the United Nations Security Council of Russian and China to support meaningful resolutions against Assad that would have held Assad accountable.”
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