Obama calling lawmakers from Russia to back Syria strike, adviser says
By Philip Rucker and Ed O’Keefe, Published: September 5 at 1:05 pm
President Obama listens to statements during a roundtable meeting at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg on Sept. 5. (Sergei Karpukhin/Associated Press)
ST. PETERSBURG – Even as he makes his case on Syria to world leaders gathered at an international summit here, President Obama plans to call lawmakers back in Washington to urge them to vote to authorize a military strike in Syria.
Obama will be doing outreach to key lawmakers on Capitol Hill during his two-day visit to Russia for the Group of 20 summit, deputy national security adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes told reporters here Thursday.On Wednesday, during his visit to Sweden, Obama made five calls to a bipartisan group of senators as part of the administration-wide effort to lobby lawmakers on Syria, Rhodes said.
- China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summit – Reuters UK (uk.reuters.com)