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 BoehnerSudan sanctions spur intense lobbying OPINION | GOP's 7-year ObamaCare blood oath ends in failure A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House 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 CantorSpecial interests hide behind vets on Independence Day What to watch for in Comey’s testimony Trump nominates two new DOD officials MORE (R-Va.) urged House members to attend a classified briefing on Friday morning where Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryDems see huge field emerging to take on Trump Budowsky: Dems need council of war White House says US-Russia cyber unit would not share intel MORE, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. James Winnefeld are among the briefers.