WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's national security team is preparing to brief senators on Syria as the White House readies for a possible military strike.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and other officials arrived Saturday morning at the White House.
In the afternoon, senior officials plan to consult by phone with Senate Democrats and Republicans. The calls will be unclassified, meaning officials will be limited in what they can say.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, also will participate.
The briefing comes a day after the administration released an intelligence report concluding that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government killed more than 1,400 last week in a chemical attack.
Obama says the U.S. is considering a limited strike in response.
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