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The president has been aggressive in courting members of Congress, meeting with Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's America fights back Mellman: Trump can fix it GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump says he will sign executive order to end family separations Trump backs narrow bill halting family separations: official Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan MORE (R-S.C.) on Labor Day at the White House. On Tuesday, Obama hosted congressional leaders and the chairmen of the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Defense committees at the White House before departing for Sweden ahead of the G-20.

Meanwhile, administration officials have fanned out to brief members of Congress on Capitol Hill, including estifying in a series of classified briefings.

Earlier Thursday, Rhodes wouldn't rule out the possibility, floated earlier in the week by Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryShould President Trump, like President Obama, forsake human rights in pursuit of the deal with a tyrant? GOP Senate report says Obama officials gave Iran access to US financial system Democrats conflicted over how hard to hit Trump on Iran MORE, that Obama might address either the American people or Congress about the situation.

"We don’t have a particular speech planned at this point, but we certainly do think that the President will be out there making the case to Congress and the American people," Rhodes said. 

"He’ll have multiple opportunities to do so. Yesterday and today and tomorrow, he’ll be able to make that case on the world stage and I think it’s important for the world to hear the view of the United States on this issue, particularly because our view is rooted in an international norm that has the support of the international community that we believe must be enforced."