Saying he will continue to “make the best case” in coming days for taking military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, President Obama announced Friday that he will speak to the American people Tuesday about why he’s come to that conclusion.
The president’s announcement came at the start of a news conference he’s holding in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the G-20 Summit of world leaders wrapped up Friday. We’ll have more from the news conference in coming minutes.
Update at 10:10 a.m. ET. “Do These Norms Mean Something?”
“This is not convenient,” Obama says of the crisis in Syria and how other nations should respond to last month’s use of chemical weapons. The choices of what to do are “not something that a lot of folks around the world find … appetizing.”
But, he says, “the question is ‘do these norms mean something?’ ” — a reference to international agreements banning use of such weapons. “And, if we’re not acting, what does that say?”
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