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Utah federal lawmakers react to the President’s Syria remarks

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – President Obama spoke to the nation Tuesday night to lay out his plan to use military force in Syria. He spoke in primetime address to make his case. But a majority of Utah's federal lawmakers don't believe it's the right move.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – President Obama spoke to the nation Tuesday night to lay out his plan to use military force in Syria. He spoke in primetime address to make his case. But a majority of Utah's federal lawmakers don't believe it's the right move.

"Today I want to talk to you about Syria," said President Obama.

Tuesday night President Obama told the nation we no can longer ignore the images of people being massacred by chemical weapons in Syria. He wants to pursue a U.S. military strike. But now has asked Congress to postpone a vote to authorize use of force, to see if the U.S. can first resolve the situation peacefully.

"I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open-ended action like Iraq or Afghanistan," said the President.

While the President explained how the U.S. would conduct an eventually military strike, several Utah members of Congress spoke out against it.

"We are naive at best, if you think you can lob a few Tomahawk missiles to send a message and actually solve the problem long term and not extend our problems and challenges there in the Middle East," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, (R) Utah.

Representative Rob Bishop agrees Chaffetz. He sent ABC 4 Utah a statement which in part reads quote:

"After attending classified briefings and having given serious consideration to the administration's proposal for military action in Syria, I believe it is in the best interest of the United States to refrain from taking military action in Syria," said Rep. Rob Bishop, (R) Utah.

Part of a statement from Senator Orrin Hatch echoes those concerns. Quote:

"...the President and his team have struggled to explain why taking action against the Assad regime is in the American people's best interest. Unfortunately I do not believe tonight's speech has done much to clarify this," said Senator Orrin Hatch, (R) Utah.

Finally, in part of a statement from Senator Mike Lee, he encourages the President to consider other options. Quote:

"The better path for the President would be to continue to work with our allies to secure Syria's chemical weapons and ensure they do not proliferate throughout the region," said Senator Mike Lee, (R) Utah.

You can see what Utah's federal lawmakers are saying, but for now, the attention turns to U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. He is set to meet with the Russian Foreign Minister in Switzerland on Thursday. Sources tell ABC news the President asked Congress to hold off on any action until those two men have their negotiations.

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