By Kyle Balluck - 09/08/13 03:33 PM EDT
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) waited for more than a week for a call back from the White House after he offered to help President Obama build support on Capitol Hill to strike Syria.
“I think this goes back not just to the issue itself, but you can't begin to build a relationship with Congress for the first time when you need their support on something like this,” he said.
“I mean, look, a week and a half ago, my office actually reached out to the White House and said, hey we support the strike on Syria, we're going to help you round up support if you need it. I haven't heard back from the White House yet.”
“I don't even know who my White House liaison is, which is supposed to be creating this relationship,” he added.
Kinzinger's spokesman said on Sunday that the Illinois Republican was contacted by the White House after the show aired.
While Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) have endorsed the president's proposal, House GOP leaders are leaving the job of convincing fellow lawmakers to the White House.
“Now we find ourselves in a situation where I think the president has made the decision correctly, that the cost of using chemical weapons should far exceed the benefit that anybody gains from it, and he's trying to build a relationship with Congress, and there's a trust deficit,” Kinzinger said.
Kinzinger said he does not think authorization to strike Syria in retaliation for the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons will pass the House. But he encouraged his colleagues in both parties to “put politics aside on this one, this is about team America. This is about moving together as one and doing the right thing.”
“We're all war-weary, we're tired of war. But this is a moment in time where I think in 10, 20, 30 years, the history books are going to say this was a redefining moment in world history, and what was the United States doing?” he asked.
“Did we find ourselves war-weary? Did we find ourselves in a position where we said, you know what, Iraq was terrible, Afghanistan was rough, we're just going to disengage from the world? We tried that in the '20s and '30s and we saw what came as a result of that. This is a moment where we have to step up.”
--This report was updated at 2:13 p.m.