Obama to grant six interviews on eve of Syria speech

September 7, 2013
President Barack Obama makes a statement to the media regarding events in Egypt, from his rental vacation home in Chilmark Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. The president announced that the US is canceling joint military exercise with Egypt amid violence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
(Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

President Obama will do a series of TV interviews with six outlets in advance of his speech Tuesday making the case for military action in Syria.

Obama will sit down with PBS, CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBC for interviews airing Monday night, according to White House officials.

Obama's speech is slated for Tuesday evening.

Secretary of State John Kerry is also pushing the case, speaking in France on Saturday.

A State Department official said Kerry also placed calls Saturday to top officials in the Arab League, Egypt, Mexico, Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as the leader of the Syrian opposition forces, Ahmad Jarba.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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