Sen. John Cornyn emerged from a White House summit on Syria saying he still has questions about President Obama’s strategy. But whatever qualms he might have, he apparently didn’t raise them directly.
One participant at the meeting said Cornyn expressed no concerns about the president’s plans during the meeting. Another, Rep. Eliot Engel, likewise said he heard no dissent from anyone.
“The general consensus in there very very strongly was to support the president. and it was in both parties, the leadership in both parties. The leadership in both parties very strongly will support the president,” said Engel, D-N.Y., the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “I didn’t hear anyone in that room say they were going to oppose this,” he said.
Speaking with reporters after the meeting, House Speaker John Boehner forcefully backed Obama’s plan and called on fellow Republicans to do likewise. Senate GOP leaders — Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Cornyn, the deputy leader — left the White House without speaking with reporters.
“The use of chemical weapons has to be responded to, and only the United States has the capability and the capacity to stop Assad and to warn others around the world that this kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated,” Boehner said. “I’m going to support the president’s call for action. I believe that my colleagues should support this call for action.”
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