Obama says there will be no rush to judgment on Syria


President Obama on Tuesday said there will be no rush to judgment on escalating U.S. intervention in Syria until there is hard evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the government.

“We now have evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria,” he said in a wide-ranging news conference at the White House. “But we don’t know when they were used, how they were used, or who used them [...] If we end up rushing to judgment without hard, effective evidence, then we can find ourselves where we can’t mobilize the international community to support what we do."

Obama also took questions on the sequester budget cuts, the attacks in Boston, the closing of Guantanamo Bay and relations with Mexico.

The president said he spoke to NBA player Jason Collins on Monday following Collins's announcement that he is gay. Obama said he told Collins that he is "very proud" of him.

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