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Obama: ‘We Don’t Have Chain Of Custody That Establishes’ Who Used Chemical Weapons In Syria

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President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 30, 2013. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 30, 2013. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — President Obama revealed during a Tuesday morning press conference that his administration does not know all the facts on who used chemical weapons in Syria.

Calling the use of chemical weapons by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad a “game changer,” Obama says officials know these types of weapons have been used, but “we don’t know when they were used, how they were used. We don’t know who used them. We don’t have a chain of custody that establishes” exactly what happened.

“I’ve got to make sure I got the facts,” Obama said. “It’s important for us to do this in a prudent way.”

Obama says the United States cannot rush to judgment because there could be objections among countries in the region on how to deal with Assad.

Obama says if the U.S. can prove Assad’s regime used chemical weapons on civilians that “we would have to rethink the range of options that are available to us.”

A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows that 62 percent of Americans should not intervene in the fighting in Syria.

Obama’s press conference comes on the 100th day of his second term.

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