September 9th, 2013
10:41 AM ET

White House: 'No Doubt' Assad Regime Responsible For Chemical Attacks

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes responds to lawmakers and critics who say they'd vote against U.S. military action in Syria after a new CNN/ORC poll shows a majority of Americans are against actions whether or not Congress approves the resolution.

Rhodes tells Anchor Chris Cuomo the administration has “no doubt”  Assad is responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Damascus.

When asked about the consequences of U.S. action in terms of Syrian retaliation, Rhodes is dismissive.

“It’s simply not in anybody’s interest to invite further strikes from the United States by doing anything. We’re going to make it very clear; we’re prepared for any contingency. Our military can handle whatever comes at us. But the fact of the matter is, we don’t think it’s in the interest of Assad or any of his allies in the region to… test the resolve of the United States by doing something after we take this strike.”

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