"The president of course has the authority to act" even if Congress does not support his plan for a military strike on Syria, White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep earlier today.
The Senate Foreign Relations committee voted Wednesday to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria.
Though he says he did not ask Congress to authorize the use of force against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime "as a symbolic gesture," President Obama repeated Wednesday that "I always reserve the right and responsibility to act on behalf of America's national security."
A few hours after finishing up a hearing on the Obama administration's proposed military intervention in Syria, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came to a bipartisan agreement that would allow President Obama to use force against Syria, but would also give him a time limit.
By "taking out Bashar Assad's delivery capabilities of chemical weapons" the U.S. can make it much harder for the Syrian leader to wage war against his people, said Republican Sen. John McCain.
Secretary of State John Kerry says that tests have shown evidence of Syria's use of the chemical agent sarin in an attack on the opposition last month that the White House has blamed on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
President Obama said Saturday he had decided that the U.S. should take military action against Syria in response to its use of chemical weapons.
The Senate’s second highest-ranking Democrat says President Obama made the right call by turning to Congress about a possible military strike in Syria.
Speaking during a photo op with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania today, President Obama said he has not made a final decision on launching a military strike on Syria.
Obama administration officials briefed members of Congress on Thursday on the intelligence they say proves it was Syrian President Bashar Assad who used chemical weapons against his own people.