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Conway: Aleppo Played Role in Trump Cabinet Selections

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 10:06 AM

President-elect Donald Trump has been discussing the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo and Syria during the interview process for the secretaries of State and Defense, and the situation was considered when he was making his decisions over who would surround him in his Cabinet, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Thursday.

"Each of these positions, including secretary of defense and secretary of state had enormously qualified men and women vying for these positions," Conway told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "He's somebody who we always know is in command and control of the final decision but somebody who is a master listener and learner particularly when it comes to those who have experience in this space."

Trump had made several statements concerning Aleppo and Syria during the campaign, and Conway said with him being a non-politician, he is accustomed to delivering results and producing action, rather than "studying or feeling frustrated about it."

"Women are choosing suicide over rape," Conway said. "It's tragic . . . what's not acceptable is what we see in front of us every day is families being torn apart, young children being killed and nobody doing anything about it that could. So, he will make those decisions."

Trump discussed some of his approaches during the presidential debates and during interviews, and will confer with his new team, she continued.

"It's not up to me to make policy for him," Conway said. "He's respectful of the fact that for the next 30 some days we have a commander in chief and president of the United States already, and so there's no point in really talking about new policy as we're being respectful and deferential to the current occupant."

Conway also noted Trump understands as the talk continues about bombing in Syria and Russia's role, he is also aware the United States can work with Russia and other countries on many goals.

"If you can work with them on some important and necessary projects, if you will, or undertakings like defeating radical Islamic terrorism and stopping ISIS, and if Russia can join with the United States to do something like that, we'll listen," Conway said. "He's very aware of all of the hot spots around the globe, a lot of what he's inheriting, and America's standing around the world, which he's very committed to changing."

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