The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
June 17, 2020
Today, at President Trump’s direction, the Department of the Treasury and Department of State announced important sanctions designations on individuals and entities actively supporting the murderous and barbaric Assad regime in Syria. Today’s designations employ a wide range of sanctions authorities to target the Assad regime, including the Caesar Act provision of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes sanctions on individuals providing support to the Syrian government. The targets of today’s sanctions include regime-loyalists, Syrian financiers supporting corrupt reconstruction efforts, as well as individuals actively involved in ceasefire disruption in northern Syria.
Since the 2011 start to the Syrian conflict, the Assad regime has committed innumerable atrocities against Syrians including arbitrary detention and murder of innocent Syrian civilians, many of whom are exposed to torture and sexual violence while in regime captivity. These despicable acts have devastated the country’s people, infrastructure, and economy, resulting in the displacement of over half of Syria’s population. Today’s designations send a clear message that no individual or business should enter into business with or otherwise enrich such a vile regime.
Importantly, today’s actions under the Caesar Act, Executive Order (E.O.) 13894, E.O. 13582, and E.O. 13573 are in no way intended to harm the Syrian people, but instead to hold the murderous Assad regime accountable.
The sanctions imposed today are just the start of this Administration’s Caesar Act implementation and this Administration’s priority to hold accountable those who enable the Assad regime to carry out atrocities and obstruct steps toward a political resolution to the Syrian conflict.
This Administration is committed to a lasting political solution. The Assad regime and its patrons must recognize that a political resolution is the only viable mechanism to bring a peaceful end to the Syrian conflict.