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Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?' | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) United Kingdom United States INFORM • INSPIRE • ENTERTAIN • EMPOWER NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep GPS for the Soul WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED GPS for the Soul Hawaii OWN Dr. Phil Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses POLITICS Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?' It's not just a type of pepper, Gary. 09/08/2016 08:45 am ET | Updated Sep 09, 2016 18k Alana Horowitz Satlin Assignment Editor, The Huffington Post Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson doesn’t know what Aleppo is , but that doesn’t prevent him from having an opinion on it.  On MSNBC’s “ Morning Joe ,” the former governor of New Mexico was asked what he’d do about the war-torn northern Syrian city of Aleppo if he were elected president. “What is Aleppo?” he responded.      After hosts explained to Johnson that fighting in Aleppo is one of the roots of the Syrian refugee crisis , he launched into a detailed opinion about the United States’ role in the situation. But “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough wasn’t letting him off that easy. “Aleppo is the center of a lot of people’s concerns across the planet about the terrible humanitarian crisis that is unfolding,” Scarborough said. “You asked ‘What is Aleppo?’ Do you really think that foreign policy is so insignificant that somebody running for president of the United States shouldn’t even know what Aleppo is, where Aleppo is, why Aleppo is so important?” Johnson later explained in a  statement that he “was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict.”  For several years, Aleppo has been torn apart by clashes between the Syrian government and opposition forces. The fighting has displaced thousands of people , contributing to the growing refugee crisis. Thousands more remain trapped and ― because the ongoing violence makes the delivery of humanitarian aid difficult ― they lack basic necessities like medicine and water. Johnson insisted in his statement that he did understand the significance of Aleppo. “Can I name every city in Syria? No,” he said. “Should I have identified Aleppo? Yes.”  He earlier told Bloomberg Politics that, “no one is taking this more seriously than me.” “I feel horrible,” he said. “I have to get smarter, and that’s just part of the process.” More: Syria Gary Johnson Gary Johnson Aleppo Gary Johnson Syria Suggest a correction 1,082 Comments Close SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more 1.93 M 978 K 455 K Podcast Add us on Snapchat Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?' NEW! HIGHLIGHT AND SHARE Highlight text to share via Facebook and Twitter CURATED FOR YOU Generated from related, personalized and trending articles. View your news homepage. CONVERSATIONS Advertise RSS Careers FAQ User Agreement Privacy Comment Policy About Us About Our Ads Contact Us Archive Copyright © 2016 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.    "The Huffington Post" is a registered trademark of TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. All rights reserved. Part of HuffPost • HPMG News