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Boehner: Obama risks emboldening Syria's Assad

Lawmakers from both parties reacted to the White House letter Thursday by saying they believe the red line has been crossed and it’s time for more action.

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BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE said he supported the president’s red line of a confirmed use of chemical weapons, but added that he was “deeply concerned” at the White House looking to the United Nations’ investigation as one way to confirm the attack.

“After two years of brutal conflict, it’s past time for the president to have a robust conversation with the Congress and the American people about how best to bring Assad’s tyranny to an end,” Boehner said.

House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRace for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement 2018 will test the power of political nobodies MORE (R-Va.) urged House members to attend a classified briefing on Friday morning where Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryNorth Korea is moved by Pompeo diplomacy, but Dems dig in deeper Ex-Obama official Marie Harf, Guy Benson to co-host Fox News Radio show Five things to know about Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska MORE, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. James Winnefeld are among the briefers.