President Obama meets with National Security Council regarding Syria
The Syrian government reportedly used chemical weapons in an attack on August 21 near Damascus. During the meeting, the president received a detailed review of a range of possible options for the U.S. and the international community to respond to the use of chemical weapons.
The U.S. intelligence community continues gathering facts in coordination with international partners to determine what occurred during the attack. There were dozens of available witness accounts and records of the symptoms of individuals killed in the attack.
Attendees of the meeting included Vice President Joe Biden, 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 and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jacob Sullivan.