President Obama on Wednesday said he didn’t set a red line on Syria — the world did.
He also said it wasn’t his credibility that was on the line if there was no response to what his administration contends was a chemical attack by Syria’s government that killed more than 1,400 people, including more than 400 children.
“My credibility is not on the line, the international community’s credibility is on the line. America and Congress’s credibility is on the line,” Obama told reporters in Stockholm at the beginning of a three-day trip to Sweden and Russia.
“I didn’t set a red line — the world set a red line,” he said.
He cited Congress passing legislation condemning the violence in Syria and approving a treaty prohibiting the use of chemical weapons.
“That wasn’t something I just kind of made up,” Obama said. “I didn’t pluck it out of thin air. There’s a reason for it.”