US Dismisses Assad's Denials 9/9/13
WASHINGTON - His words aren't backed up by the facts. That's the Obama administration's response to the denials by Syrian President Bashar Assad that his military used chemical weapons in a deadly attack near Damascus last month.
National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says it's no surprise that someone who would kill hundreds of children with poison gas would also lie about it.
Assad, in an interview broadcast on CBS' "This Morning," said his troops didn't use chemical weapons in an attack last month near Damascus. He also warned that there will be consequences for the United States if it launches a military strike against him.
Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking today in London, said he'd be confident going into any courtroom with the evidence gathered by the United States against Syria's government.
Amid continued reluctance by members of Congress to go along with a military strike in Syria, President Barack Obama continues his effort to convince lawmakers and the American public that it's the right thing to do. Obama has interviews scheduled on six TV news broadcasts this evening, and he's again sent his senior foreign policy team to lobby Congress.