House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens as President Barack Obama speaks to media, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting between the president and Congressional leaders to discuss the situation in Syria.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - President Barack Obama isn't saying what he would do if Congress doesn't authorize his request for a military strike against Syria.
Obama says he doesn't want to "jump the gun" and speculate about what he would do in that scenario while he and top advisers are busy working to get as much support as possible out of Congress.
Obama, however, has said he believes he has the authority to take limited military action in Syria with or without the approval of lawmakers.
Obama spoke Friday at a news conference at the close of an international economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.