Obama Defends Policy on Syria in Exclusive Interview

George Stephanopoulos talks to the president on ABC's "This Week."
1:39 | 09/15/13

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We have another abc news exclusive this morning. President obama defending his policy on syria. Critics have called his handling of this happhazard and me andering. The interview will be on "this week" later on. George is here with us. Good normorning, guys. He's saying it's not looking smooth but the outcome is what matters. He believes the deal vindicates this approach. What a perilous month this has been. Since the chemical weapons MASSACRE ON AUGUST 21st, HE HAS Seemed to go for a strike, pulled back, gone to congress, and gets saved by the russian president, who has not been a great friend of the president so far. I present all of the challenges to the president. He fights back hard. You mentioned the russian president. Many saying he's been repeatedly outmaneuvered by the russian president. First, with the last-minute plan, and two days late we are the dig op ed in the new york times. He has to be careful right now. He needs the russians. He needs president putin to implement the deal on the other hand, he doesn't fully trust president putin. He's confronting him, challenging. He's also heading for this big showdown in congress right now. The president very strong there as well. A potential government shutdown next month. Only three weeks away. Thank you, george. You can see all of george's exclusive interview with president obama later this morning on "this week."

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