According to NBC News on Aug. 31, Obama held a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House to discuss his administration's plans to punish the Syrian government for allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians in a Damascus suburb that is a rebel stronghold.
Earlier in the week, the U.S. government disclosed evidence that confirmed that the Syrian government did in fact use rockets and artillery to fire a nerve agent into the Damascus suburb.
After the findings were released, President Obama hinted at the possibility of a "limited" strike aimed at punishing the Syrian government. Syrian ambassadors and leaders in Russia and China warned that a strike on Syria could worsen the civil war in that country.
On Aug. 31, President Obama did reveal that his administration has chosen the option to launch a "limited" strike on Syria, but not without the approval of Congress, in which a number of members, mostly Republicans, urging the president to allow the Congress to approve any military action on Syria.
Obama told the press:
I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian targets. I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people's representatives in Congress.
Congress is currently out of session for the Summer break and will not return to Washington until Sept. 9.