GOP lawmaker offers to help W.H. on Syria, hears back nearly week later
September 8th, 2013
01:26 PM ET
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GOP lawmaker offers to help W.H. on Syria, hears back nearly week later

(CNN) – Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Iraq war veteran and Republican supporter of the president's request for authorization to strike at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, reached out to the White House on September 2 to offer to help the president and didn't hear back until he noted the lack of a response during a Sunday morning TV appearance.

Kinzinger, R-Illinois, tells CNN his chief of staff sent an email Monday to his White House contact in the office of Legislative Affairs, informing the White House that the congressman would be supporting the authorization in the media and on the floor of the House. Kinzinger would also be willing to help "whip" - or drum up support for - the authorization, the email noted.

Responding to his comments on ABC News' "This Week" about not hearing back, a White House official told CNN: "We want to work with anyone who is interested in helping and I'm sure he'll be getting a call soon."

After sharing his account Sunday morning on ABC, the congressman elaborated with CNN in subsequent emails. In the midst of those emails - after expressing his frustration on national television - he received a call from his White House contact.

The White House is having difficulty finding support for the authorization for use of force in Syria. Kinzinger has been outspoken on the issue; the White House's inability to return his call and accept his offer for help is befuddling to folks like Kinzinger, to say the least.

– CNN Senior White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar contributed to this report.


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  1. Meredith

    The Obama admin. has already lost credibility, with Americans in particular. First, POTUS said he decided on a surgical strike, a shot across the bow to punish Mr. Assad. Then Kerry said this will NOT take us to war!!! Both say Assad cannot be allowed to get away with violating "international norms." May I submit that the torturing of detainees and unprovoked aggression against other countries are themselves violations of international law, and Obama wouldn't even prosecute these crimes when they were committed by Americans. In fact, unprovoked aggression is exactly what he's proposing now, another war crime. Bombing Syria will not protect out "credibility," since we have non. But it will enhance our image as the great satan and make us even more hated by most of the world than we are now.

    September 8, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Debbie

    Low ranking. Thank you for your service as a vet. Still doesn't qualify you as an expert on Syria. American people still say no to Syria.

    September 8, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. barryinlasvegas

    Why would any member of congress, much less a republican expect the courtesy of getting a response to an offer of help? Doesn't this lowly servant understand this all knowing person is king?

    September 8, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Jerry Schill

    Where's Hillary??
    Unless I missed it I have heard nothing from her regarding her position on the Syrian situation. It would seem that after being Secretary of State for four years she should be making a valuable contribution to the Administration policy.

    It would also be useful to those of us who are considering supporting her in 2016 to have some insight as to what her mid-east policy would be . Because there is little doubt that another "red line" situation will develop with Iran and its nuclear development.

    Jerry Schill

    September 8, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Thanks for the help anyway!!

    September 8, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Oh cry me a river, poor baby.

    September 8, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Thomas

    And now what ?

    September 8, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    Gee, maybe he had a couple of other things too do. Or maybe he decided to make you a one term rep. What a total waste of time these men have become.

    September 8, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. dawner

    not surprising...not political? Yea right!

    September 8, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |