France's Macron says he convinced Trump to stay in Syria long-term

France's Macron says he convinced Trump to stay in Syria long-term

France's Macron says he convinced Trump to stay in Syria long-term

And now, French President Emmanuel Macron claims that he has convinced Trump to commit USA forces to stay in Syria for a while after all.

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying 'the United States should withdraw form Syria.' We convinced him it was necessary to stay", Macron said in an interview with French media, according to Reuters. "We convinced him it was necessary to remain there", he said.

But she added that the USA was "determined to completely crush" the Islamic State group and prevent its return.

Macron said on Sunday that the operation against Syria was "legitimate" and conducted within the global community framework.

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"They have not used chlorine themselves but they have methodically built the global community's inability to act through diplomatic channels to stop the use of chemical weapons", he said. During a televised address, Trump said France and the United Kingdom had joined in the strikes.

Days later, after Syrian president Bashar-al Assad carried out his latest deadly chemical-weapons attack against rebel forces and civilians, Trump was reported to be blustering about punishing Russian Federation and Iran, which would carry great risk of broadening the Syrian Civil War. "With those strikes we have separated the Russians and the Turks on this".

He said the military strikes early on Saturday had been "perfectly carried out" but were not a declaration of war on Syria. The Western states have accused forces of Assad of an attack with the use of chemical weapons in Duma.

Macron said his scheduled trip to Moscow next month would be maintained despite divergence on the Syrian crisis. The Syrian leadership denied any involvement in the attack and invited the experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate the reports. There are no changes to his planned trip to Russian Federation next month, he said.

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Macron said that failing so far to get the red lines respected had led Russian authorities to think of Western powers that "these people from the global community - they are nice, they are weak".

President Putin spoke to Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani by phone on Sunday, telling him that any new Western strikes on Syria would spark "international chaos". It wouldn't be the first time he'd changed his mind on Syria, after all.

The US said 105 missiles were launched and it believed none were intercepted by Syrian defences.

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