(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.