On Tuesday, President Obama informed congressional leaders he has the authority needed to take action against the terrorist group known as
the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which was responsible for executing two American journalists.
As stated by an aid of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Boehner along with three congressional leaders met with POTUS and expressed their support to demolish the terrorist group. Obama discussed national security issues as well as welcomed any help from Congress to battle the Islamic State.
The additional congress leaders included: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
A senior administration official told NBC News, Obama did ask the Congressional leaders for the authority to train the Syrian opposition.
In a statement made by the White House, Americans will “hear from the President how the United States will pursue a comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, including U.S. military action and support for the forces combating ISIL on the ground — both the opposition in Syria and a new, inclusive Iraqi government.”
Obama is slated to give his speech today, Sep. 10 at 9 p.m. EST.