Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
USA TODAY - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is backing President Obama's efforts to seek congressional approval on the use of military force in Syria.
"Secretary Clinton supports the president's effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime's horrific use of chemical weapons," says a statement from a Clinton aide sent to USA TODAY. The aide was not authorized to speak publicly.
This is Clinton's first comment on Obama's call to action on Syria. While she was in Obama's Cabinet, Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus had proposed arming and training Syrian rebels but their idea was rejected.
Obama said Tuesday he believes Congress will support his request for a military strike to thwart Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons. Obama administration aides have been working to address concerns of members of Congress, who believe the Syria resolution drafted by the White House is too broad.
The Clinton statement was first reported by Politico.