Trump has abandoned the goal of trying to get the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, to leave his position of power. This has been a goal since the Obama administration, who was unable to convince him to do so. Assad was wanted to step down from his position of power because his political survival strategy is using mass homicide, which ended up creating extremist groups like ISIS. Trump stopped supporting this goal because he believes that Assad will be able to "kill" ISIS on his own, despite being the person who caused their creation. The Trump administration instead shifted their focus to helping Syrian fighters in their fight against the extremist groups. Many people are critical of Trump's decision in this. His decision raises many questions that the administration has been vague in answering, or avoiding altogether.