President Obama said in Israel on Wednesday that he is “deeply skeptical” of reports that Syrian opposition rebels have used chemical weapons, and he pledged that the United States will investigate before taking any possible action.
“We intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened,” Mr. Obama said at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We have to gather the facts.”
Mr. Rogers made the remarks on the heels of Syrian regime claims that rebel fighters used chemical weapons in Aleppo. The White House has called the use of chemical warfare a last straw that would rally the United States to stronger action in Syria.
Mr. Obama cautioned that Syria is a war zone and that finding out what really happened will be difficult. Asked why he hasn’t taken stronger steps in the past two years to stop the killing, Mr. Obama said the U.S. will “continue to work in an international framework” to end the regime of President Bashar Assad.
“We will continue to push every lever that we have,” Mr. Obama said. “This is not easy.”
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Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at email@example.com.
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