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Obama signals frustration with Rubio on Syria vote

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President Obama pointedly called out Congressional Republicans for failing to support his war in Syria — even though some them have been critical of Obama failing to act in the war-torn country sooner.

"[T]here may be certain members of Congress who say we’ve got to do even more or claim to have previously criticized me for not hitting Assad and now are saying they’re going to vote no. And you’ll have to ask them exactly how they square that circle," Obama said during his Friday press conference.

That comment was likely directed at Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who voted against the resolution that passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 10-7.

Only five Republican senators voted against the resolution: Rubio and Sens. James Risch, R-Idaho, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Rubio was arguably the most critical Congressional Republican of Obama's failure to act in Syria who also voted against the use of military force in the country.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also former critics of Obama's Syrian policy, have indicated that they will support the president's decision.

Rubio's argument is that he never supported the use of military force in Syria.

“While I have long argued forcefully for engagement in empowering the Syrian people, I have never supported the use of U.S. military force in the conflict,” Rubio said after his Wednesday committee vote. “And I still don’t. I remain unconvinced that the use of force proposed here will work."

Obama was clearly frustrated with Republicans like Rubio, who in his opinion, will vote against him because they oppose him at every turn.

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