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Obama on Syria: 'I've got to make sure I've got the facts'

“If we end up rushing to judgment without hard effective evidence, than we can find ourselves in position where can’t mobilize the international community to support what we do,” Obama said at a news conference. “It’s important for us to do this in a prudent way.”

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The president last year said that if Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces used chemical weapons it would cross a red line and be a “game changer.”

But after the White House said last week that it had evidence chemical weapons were used, Obama has said that he wants the evidence to be verified before taking further aggressive action.

“When I am making decisions about America’s national security and the potential for taking additional action in response to chemical weapon use, I’ve got to make sure I’ve got the facts,” Obama said. “That’s what the American people would expect.”

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