08/30/2013 12:56 pm ET | Updated Aug 30, 2013

White House Reporters Get Briefed On Syria

The White House briefed reporters on Syria's use of chemical weapons on Friday.

The conference call took place shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up his remarks about Syria. Reporters were briefed by anonymous "senior administration officials," according to Politico's Mike Allen.

BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski said a senior administration official told reporters that Obama has yet to make a decision about military intervention in Syria, and that the president has been given options by the intelligence community and the military. The official, according to CBS News' Mark Knoller, also said that U.S. intelligence has concluded that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is "the decision maker" on Syria's use of chemical weapons.

The briefing, as The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone pointed out, was the latest instance of unnamed White House officials speaking to the press.

Kerry did not take reporter's questions after his remarks at the State Department, as Politico reported would be the case.


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