Obama Presses Lawmakers For Authorization On Syria : The Two-Way Ahead of his prime-time address to the American people on Tuesday, the president and his advisers have scheduled a series of meetings to try to sway lawmakers into supporting a military strike.

Obama Presses Lawmakers For Authorization On Syria

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

As Congress prepares to vote this week on whether to approve U.S. military action against Syria, that country's president, Bashar al-Assad, has gone on a public relations offensive.

MONTAGNE: In an interview aired this morning on CBS, Assad again denied his government used chemical weapons. He then gave this warning on the consequences of an American attack.

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PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD: You could expect everything - not necessarily through the government. It's not - the governments are not only - not the only player in this region. You have different parties. You have different factions. You could expect every action.

MONTAGNE: Assad appeared calm as he warned that U.S. action would only strengthen Islamists fighting with the Syrian opposition.

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ASSAD: This war is against the interests of the United States. Why? First, for - because this is the war that's going to support al-Qaida and the same people that kill Americans on the 11th of September.

INSKEEP: That was Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, interviewed by Charlie Rose of PBS and CBS.

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