By Jeremy Herb - 09/10/13 02:36 PM EDT
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) voiced skepticism Tuesday about a Russian-brokered deal to prevent a U.S. military strike on Syria. [WATCH VIDEO]
Boehner, one of a handful of Republicans to back authorization for a military strike, also said President Obama has failed to make the case to Congress.
“He’s not made the sale to the American people. That’s why I think tonight is so important,” Boehner said.
While Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) came out in favor of Obama’s plan to strike Syria last week, their conference has not followed suit. The two leaders are not whipping their members to vote for military action.
“Clearly, members tend to reflect their constituents. The American people have not been supportive,” Boehner said on Tuesday.
The speaker stood by his position in support of military strikes while saying that “a lot of mistakes were made” in Syria throughout the two-year conflict.
“I believed it was important that to try to help the president to provide a unified front in our effort to make it clear that the use of chemical weapons is clearly unacceptable,” Boehner said.