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Obama Will Seek Congressional Approval For Action In Syria



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Saturday, August 31, 2013

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President Obama said Saturday he had decided to take military action against Syria, but that he would seek a congressional mandate for the action, which he said could come "tomorrow, next week or one month from now."

Speaking from the Rose Garden, the president said he believed that he had the authority to act without Congress, but thought the country would be stronger if he had it.

"After careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action," Obama said. "I am prepared to give that order."

More coverage from NPR

Obama To Seek Congressional Approval For Action Against Syria
President Obama, speaking from the Rose Garden, said he'd decided to use military force against Syria, but was also seeking congressional authorization for the action.
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