White House counters remark by Obama adviser
By Michael Hernandez, Monday, June 09, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House on Monday seemed to counter National Security Adviser Susan Rice's remark on Friday that Washington was sending weapons to the Syrian opposition.
“The United States has been the single largest contributor of humanitarian assistance, providing over 1.7 billion dollars,” Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser, told CNN during an interview on Friday. “That's why the United States has ramped up its support for the moderate vetted opposition, providing lethal and nonlethal support where we can to support both the civilian opposition and the military opposition.”
White House spokesperson Josh Earnest did not acknowledge any provision of lethal aid, saying that what U.S. provided to the opposition was ‘military assistance’ without elaborating on whether that includes sending weapons.
“As we have made clear, we provide both military and nonmilitary assistance to the opposition. That has been our position for some time and those efforts are still underway,” Earnest said while speaking to reporters at the White House.
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