09/06/2013 12:20 am ET Updated Sep 06, 2013

Michael Grimm On Syria: I No Longer Support A Strike


Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has switched positions on a Syria strike, saying in an interview with CNN on Thursday that he no longer supports President Barack Obama's push for military action.

On Monday, Grimm told CNN that he would support a "meaningful strike."

Now, Grimm is criticizing Obama's "indecisiveness" during his recent "red-line" fumbles.

"I think, at this point, the world is looking at the indecisiveness, they're looking at how the president has bungled this, and now we can no longer get our credibility back," he said.

In addition to Obama's "backtracking" on who established the red line, Grimm said his decision was influenced by the lack of international support for a strike.

“The other things is, in the last 72 hours, none of our allies have stepped up," he said.

Grimm assured CNN's Jessica Yellin that he came to this decision on his own, insisting he wasn't whipped.

“No one on either side of the aisle has asked me either way -- either to support or not support,” he said. “This is totally my decision. This is something I have been thinking about, struggling with, since we’ve heard about the use of chemical weapons.”



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