By Jeremy Herb
The White House on Thursday lost support from one of the few House Republicans who has backed military action in Syria.
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), a Marine veteran who initially said he would back Obama, changed course.
Grimm said that his initial reaction after last month's chemical attack in Syria was to side with Obama, because the “reputation and credibility of the United States was on the line and that we had to send a strong message that the use of chemical weapons is reprehensible and will not be tolerated.”
“Unfortunately, the time to act was then and the moment to show our strength has passed,” Grimm said.
"As debate has dragged on in Congress, the president has weakened his position as our leader and deteriorated our credibility on the world stage," he said. "The president has changed his red line to the world’s red line, he showed his hand when he should have kept it closed, he failed to gain the support of key allies and continues to delay action indefinitely until Congress acts."
Grimm’s decision to oppose U.S. military action in Syria comes as “no” votes from Republicans continue to mount in the House.
There are at least 97 House members — including 69 Republicans — who have said they are opposed or leaning against military force, according to The Hill’s Whip List.
Without Grimm, only nine Republicans say they support a resolution authorizing military force, along with 22 Democrats.