(POLITICO) President Barack Obama defended the sluggish start to his second term Tuesday, arguing the United States needs more facts on Syria to guide his response and more cooperation from Congress to make progress on his domestic agenda.
Addressing Obamacare implementation, immigration reform and his inability to break the stalemate on the sequestration cuts aside from last week’s FAA carve out, Obama used a press conference marking the 100-day mark of his second term to bat back suggestions that the he’s falling short on all the big-ticket items in the agenda he laid out for himself at the beginning of the year.
He started, though, by pushing back on the idea that he was dithering on crafting an American response to the situation in Syria, even after his administration announced proof of chemical weapons use — which Obama has previously called a “red line” that would be a “game-changer” if crossed, recalibrating how the international community deals with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Pressed for explanation Tuesday, Obama said that the findings change the game in that his administration will have to “rethink the range of options that are available to us.”
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