President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin on September 5.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -
Obama says public is skeptical on Syria action
President Barack Obama says he understand the American public's deep skepticism about launching military action against Syria. But he says he is confident he can persuade Americans that the use of chemical weapons in Syria requires a military response.
Obama says he needs to convince the nation that his plans would be "limited and proportional" and designed to uphold international norms. Obama says a chemical attack in Syria last month was carried out by President Bashar Assad's military.
Seeking congressional authority to act, Obama says the U.S. experience with Iraq and a decade of war has made the public wary, especially within his own Democratic Party.
He says, quote, "I trust my constituents want me to offer my best judgment. That's why they elected me. That's why they re-elected me."
Obama, Putin Meet Privately To Discuss Syria
President Barack Obama says he had a "candid and constructive conversation" with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Syria.
Obama says that he urged Putin to set aside his differences with the U.S. over the use of chemical weapons and try to help encourage a political transition in Syria.
Putin told reporters they spoke for 20 or 30 minutes Friday and focused on Syria. The Russian president says while they disagreed, the meeting was constructive.
Obama says the humanitarian situation in Syria and along its borders is "only getting worse" and stresses that the problem is "not in anyone's interest."
Obama insists that the Syrian government is responsible for chemical weapons attacks against civilians and is pushing for the United States to respond with a military strike.
Obama says he will address nation Tuesday on Syria
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - President Barack Obama says he will address the nation about Syria on Tuesday as he seeks public and congressional authority for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Obama wants to strike against the Syrian regime in response to a chemical attack on civilians last month that the Obama administration says was carried out by Assad's military. Obama says failing to chemical weapons use would , quote, "send a signal to rogue nations."
Obama spoke at a news conference at the conclusion of a Group of 20 summit in Russia where Syria dominated much of the discussion.
Amid tepid support for a strike, lawmakers have called on Obama to build support with the public by making such an address.
Obama: Encouraged by Syria talks with leaders
President Barack Obama says he's encouraged by the discussions he's had with world leaders about the situation in Syria.
He says there is a growing recognition that the world "cannot stand idly by" after a deadly chemical weapons attack he says was carried out by the regime in Syria.
Obama says leaders from Europe, Asia and the Middle East agree with him that international norms against the use of chemical weapons must be upheld.
Obama spoke at a news conference Friday in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the close of an international economic summit.
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