Updated at 3:45 pm EDT, with Lisa Lerer at the White House.
Hillary Clinton spoke from the White House today.
She was there with her daughter, Chelsea — all but Bill on hand for this one.
She was there to talk about wildlife trafficking.
At the “top” of her remarks, as they like to say there, the former secretary of state, senator from New York and first lady also had something to say about Syria — as she supports the military action for which President Barack Obama is seeking congressional authorization.
Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s use of chemical weapons “violates a universal norm at the heart of our global border and therefore it demands a strong response from the international community lead by the United States,” she said.
If Assad “’immediately surrendered” its weapons to international control,” said Clinton, “that would be an important step.” She added: “But this cannot be another excuse for delay for obstruction and Russia has to support he international community’s efforts sincerely or be held to account.”
From 1 to 3 pm today, the White House was featuring the event on its Web-site:
The Forum to Counter Wildlife Trafficking featured Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Clinton her daughter, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation.
“At the president’s direction” the White House says, “the United States is intensifying our assistance to foreign governments working to combat wildlife trafficking and related organized crime. At the Forum, Secretary Jewell will announce the members of the new Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking. The Council will work closely with and advise the President’s Task Force in developing a National Strategy on these issues, as directed by the Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking that the President signed in July.”
And it won’t hurt Obama’s cause to have Clinton say a few words about Syria.