Boehner skeptical of Syrian offer on weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) says he is skeptical of Syria’s offer to turn over chemical weapons to international monitors but said President Barack Obama has not yet sold the American people on the need for military.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, the Ohio Republican said he is skeptical of Syria’s offer because of, quote, “the actors that are involved.” Russia, a longtime Syria ally, is trying to broker an agreement, though Boehner did not mention Russia by name.

Boehner has supported Obama’s call to use force against Syria as punishment for allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians, including children.

However, Boehner said other House members oppose Obama’s plan because the president has not persuaded the American people it is necessary. Obama is to address the nation Tuesday night.

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