WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Saturday briefing from the White House Rose Garden, President Obama said he will seek approval from Congress before military action in Syria after the Assad regime allegedly used chemical weapons to kill more than 1,400 people.
“Over the last several days, we have heard from members of Congress who want their voices to be heard,” Obama said. “I absolutely agree.”
Although any military action would not “put boots on the ground” and would be of “limited duration and scope”, President Obama said the national discussion was worth having before any strike would take place.
However, the President said the United States is “prepared to strike whenever we choose”, saying the strike is “not time-sensitive – it will be effective tomorrow, or next week, or one month from now.”