President Obama: US should take military action
1:05 p.m. AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s decided the U.S. should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack the U.S. says President Bashar Assad’s regime carried out against Syrian civilians. Speaking from the Rose Garden, Obama also says he will seek congressional approval for action against Syria.
11:15 a.m. The White House has announced that President Obama will make a statement on Syria this afternoon
The President’s national security team briefed senators on Syria as the White House readies for a possible military strike.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and other officials arrived Saturday morning at the White House.
In the afternoon, senior officials plan to consult by phone with Senate Democrats and Republicans. The calls will be unclassified, meaning officials will be limited in what they can say.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, also will participate.
The briefing comes a day after the administration released an intelligence report concluding that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government killed more than 1,400 last week in a chemical attack.
Obama says the U.S. is considering a limited strike in response.