Obama, security team meet on alleged Syria chemical attack
WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama met his top national security advisors early on Saturday to discuss the response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, a White House official said.
“The President has directed the intelligence community to gather facts and evidence so that we can determine what occurred in Syria. Once we ascertain the facts, the president will make an informed decision about how to respond,” the official said.
"We have a range of options available, and we are going to act very deliberately so that we're making decisions consistent with our national interest as well as our assessment of what can advance our objectives in Syria," the official added.
Mr Obama is under mounting pressure to act following reports of a massive chemical attack near Damascus that opposition groups say killed as many as 1,300 people.