Obama to make announcement about military action in Syria

Bed frame article The president will make a decision on military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, his first national security decision in three months, according to a White House official.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the president was not scheduled to meet with lawmakers Tuesday.

As a presidential candidate, Obama pledged to do something in response to Assad’s chemical weapons use.

Obama has long resisted pressure to strike Syria, and he has instead been criticized for allowing his successor to continue to use chemical weapons.

Obama has said he would not hesitate to strike Assad if it comes to that.

His aides say the president will decide what action to take without any prior consultations with Congress.

He is likely to seek authorization from Congress to use military force.

The U.S. has conducted air strikes in Syria on a limited basis in response.

The president has said that if Syria does not change its tactics, then the U.K. and other allies will take action.

This is a major escalation.

We will respond, he said in the Rose Garden last month.

In the past, the administration has been criticized by lawmakers and others for not doing enough to punish Assad for the attacks.

“He has been allowed to use these weapons and he’s used them without any accountability, and that’s the problem,” Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said in March.

“We need to take this issue seriously.”

A spokesman for the White House did not respond to a request for comment.

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