Critics Say Obama Made 'Bad Deal' on Syria

Many in Congress say chemical weapons deal requires too much trust of the Russians.
3:00 | 09/16/13

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Now to the latest on the crisis in syria and whether this weekend's proe tenl pi grotentially ground breaking deal will make a difference. The president was cautiously optimistic in my interview yesterday. He's taking heat from critic. Jon karl has more. Reporter: Intense negotiations with the russians john kerry accomplished a big first step. Getting them to agree that syria must give a comprehensive accounting of all itself chemical weapons within one week. This morning, the president is still under fire from critics on all sides for how he's handled the crisis. In an exclusive interview with george on "this week," president obama says he's made clear progress, though he hasn't gotten support for military force. What I have said consistently, throughout, is that the chemical weapons issue is a problem. I want that problem dealt with. That's my goal. And if that goal is achieved, then, it sounds to me like we did something right. Reporter: Many in congress says the president has struck a bad deal. It requires too much trust of the russians. We're depending on the goodwill of the russian people if bashar assad follows it. Do you trust he has the same goal? Do you really trust that? I don't think mr. Putin has the sam values that we do. I thing, obviously, by protecting mr. Assad, he has a different attitude about the assad regime. Reporter: This morning, the u.N. Is expected to release it's long-awaited report on the gruesome chemical weapons attack last month. It will make it clear who was responsible, the assad government. The president focusing on the economy today. Markets surging on news that larry summers is dropping out. This is the biggest economic decision the president will make in his second term. He wanted larry summers to be his fed chairman. He had oppositions from liberals who thought summers was too close to wall street and he was forced to withdraw. We're going to begin here

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