Obama, NSC Review ‘Range Of Potential Options’ On Syria

AP

President Barack Obama met with his National Security Council on Saturday to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime on Wednesday near Damascus, according to the White House.

Obama received a “detailed review of a range of potential options he had requested be prepared for the United States and the international community to respond to the use of chemical weapons,” according to the White House readout of the meeting. Meanwhile, the U.S. intelligence community “continues to gather facts to ascertain what occurred” in the alleged attack. 

Obama also spoke Saturday with British Prime Minister David Cameron about the continued violence in Syria, according to the White House.

Below are listed the participants in the meeting, per the White House readout:

The Vice President

Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power

National Security Advisor Susan Rice

White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey

Deputy Attorney General James Cole

Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken

Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco

Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Benjamin Rhodes

National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jacob Sullivan

This post has been updated.

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