Boehner Says He Supports Obama’s Call for Action in Syria

BY Associated Press  September 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM EDT

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

The Ohio Republican said the use of chemical weapons must be responded to. He said only the United States has the capability and the capacity to stop Syrian President Bashar al-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 after he and other congressional leaders met with Obama.

On Tuesday, President Obama continued his administration’s push to convince Congress to vote in support of his plan to launch a limited military strike in Syria. The president met with congressional leaders and cabinet members at the White House. Obama stressed that taking action would fit into a broader strategy of strengthening the opposition forces in Syria.