Amid speculation that he could lose the House vote on Syria, President Obama is planning to address the nation on Tuesday in an effort to sway public opinion. At a press conference at the G-20 summit in Russia, Obama confirmed that he will address the nation but would rule out authorizing strikes in Syria even if Congress votes down his resolution for targeted strikes.
“In the coming days I’ll continue to consult with my fellow leaders around the world and continue to consult with Congress, and I will make the best case that I can to the American people, as well as to the international community, for taking necessary and appropriate action,” said President Obama.
Secretary of State John Kerry was on the Hill this week trying to make the case for strikes to Congress members, but public support remains opposed to the U.S. becoming involved in the Syrian conflict.
According to The Hill, CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge sent an email on Tuesday asking members “to limit public comment on the issue.”
“The chair believes Congress and the American public need more information, and she awaits more briefings between now and early next week before commenting further,” said Fudge’s spokesperson, Ayofemi Kirby.
Other lawmakers don’t seem poised to go against their constituents, at least that’s the conclusion of the most recent House whip counts, which show the majority are opposed to backing Obama.
Obama acknowledged that his position is unpopular, but insists that he’s made the right decision.
“I trust my constituents want me to offer my best judgment. That’s why they elected me. That’s why they re-elected me,” he said.