President Barack Obama did not announce the launch of any United States military actions on Syria when he spoke to the nation from the Rose Garden of the White House at 1:55 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon, according to Politico. Rather, he said that he is seeking congressional approval after stating that it is not questionable that the Syrian government attacked its own people with chemical warfare.
Following Obama’s comments about Syria, his national security team was to provide an unclassified briefing for Republican senators. Democratic senators were to be given a briefing at a later time in the day by an administrative team which was to include Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
United States House of Representative members have the option of attending a classified briefing on Sunday afternoon. The House is currently on recess and many of those lawmakers are out of the Washington, D.C. area at this time.
As the international story progresses, in the past day it has been learned that England’s politicians have chosen to not intervene in the Syrian conflict, and Russian’s Vladimir Putin has scolded the United States for considering interventions as he believes the proof of the Syrian government using chemical warfare is not present.
Since the House of Representatives are on recess, it is believed that either the members will be asked to return to Washington early or that no action will be taken for the next week before they return as scheduled.
Protesters outside the White House fence were heard protesting the notion of war before the president spoke.