WASHINGTON (WIVB) - After watching President Obama's address to the nation on Syria, Congressman Chris Collins says he will not support military action.
News 4 spoke with Collins from Washington, who says the President is playing a diplomatic game of checkers, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing chess.
"All of a sudden, [Putin] has swooped in because of the weakness of our President," Collins said. "[Putin]'s looking stronger than ever and I think what this has done, [Obama]'s all but guaranteed that Assad is going to remain in power."
And we reached Congressman Brian Higgins by phone following President Obama's address.
"I will never support under any circumstances a military strike on Syria, primarily because we cannot resolve what is in Syria a national civil war between two warring factions. This is not about peace and democracy, it's about control," Higgins stated.
Higgins had previously expressed his resolve not to support military action, but Tuesday marked the first time Collins has taken a position.
For more on what motivated Collins decision, watch the video with this story to see the full interview between the congressman and News 4's Don Postles.
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