After Qatar having ties to Islamist militant groups led many countries to sever ties with it, the US stepped in to help mend relations with this valuable ally.
The draft memo argued the policy would be counterproductive and damage the US’s image abroad.
Donald Trump’s penchant for using Twitter in a much more spontaneous context has left the State Department puzzled as to how his tweets should be treated.
For five years, the US has argued that Assad has lost the legitimacy to lead Syria because of the suffering his forces have inflicted on civilians. Russian officials question who might succeed him and argue that chaos would be worse.