The United States no longer believes removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be a foreign policy priority, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Thursday.

The official policy under the Obama administration calling for Assad to step down started in the earliest stages of the Syrian Civil War as it began in 2011.

“We can’t necessarily focus on Assad the way that the previous administration did,”

“Our priority is to really look at how do we get things done, who do we need to work with to really make a difference for the people in Syria,” Haley said according to Reuters.