Boehner supports Obama's call for action against Syria

By: The Associated Press
September 3, 2013 Updated: September 3, 2013 at 9:33 am
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photo - FILE - In this July 9, 2013, file photo House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio, pauses during a meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans and Democrats are pressing President Barack Obama to explain why the U.S. military should attack Syria and involve Americans in a deadly civil conflict that has roiled the Mideast. Boehner, wrote the president on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in seeking answers as the drumbeat of war grew louder. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this July 9, 2013, file photo House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio, pauses during a meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans and Democrats are pressing President Barack Obama to explain why the U.S. military should attack Syria and involve Americans in a deadly civil conflict that has roiled the Mideast. Boehner, wrote the president on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in seeking answers as the drumbeat of war grew louder. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) 

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too.

The Ohio Republican says the use of chemical weapons must be responded to. He says only the United States has the capability and the capacity to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad and warn others around the world that such actions will not be tolerated.

Said Boehner: "This is something that the United States as a country needs to do."

He spoke at the White House Tuesday after he and other congressional leaders met with Obama.

 

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