President Obama postpones vote on action in Syria - WNCT

President Obama postpones vote on action in Syria

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President Obama spoke to the American public tonight from the East Wing of the White House saying he's delaying a vote on a military strike against Syria after chemical weapons were used.

He wanted to let the U.S. know what will happen and why it matters.

Obama echoed Secretary of State John Kerry to explain how chemical weapons were used last month in Damascus. He cited that Syrian government workers were there three days before the attack preparing and handed out gas masks to fellow supporters the day of.

According to the President and Kerry, the U.S. knows that chemical weapons were used and that Syrian President Bashar Assad is responsible.

The U.S. is not the world's police according to the President but he believes it is in the nation's best interest to respond.

In light of President Bashar Assad admitting he had chemical weapons and that Syria will work with ally Russia and the United Nations to turn the weapons over, President Obama asked Congress to delay a vote on a potential military strike.

Obama doesn't want to put boots on the ground and if in the future a strike is possible it will be limited and brief.

But he believes we have to hold Syria accountable and make sure they make good on their word to turn weapons over. Otherwise, President Obama says dictators like Assad will continue, other tyrants will try and use chemical weapons and it will embolden Iran to act.


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