ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he understand the American public's deep skepticism about launching military action against Syria. But he says he is confident he can persuade Americans that the use of chemical weapons in Syria requires a military response.
Obama says he needs to convince the nation that his plans would be "limited and proportional" and designed to uphold international norms. Obama says a chemical attack in Syria last month was carried out by President Bashar Assad's military.
Seeking congressional authority to act, Obama says the U.S. experience with Iraq and a decade of war has made the public wary, especially within his own Democratic Party.
He says, quote, "I trust my constituents want me to offer my best judgment. That's why they elected me. That's why they re-elected me.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- President Barack Obama isn't saying what he would do if Congress doesn't authorize his request for a military strike against Syria.
Obama says he doesn't want to "jump the gun" and speculate about what he would do in that scenario while he and top advisers are busy working to get as much support as possible out of Congress.
Obama, however, has said he believes he has the authority to take limited military action in Syria with or without the approval of lawmakers.
Obama spoke Friday at a news conference at the close of an international economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.