'We convinced him': Macron says he steered Trump on Syria strikes

'We convinced him': Macron says he steered Trump on Syria strikes

'We convinced him': Macron says he steered Trump on Syria strikes

"We have not declared war on the regime of Bashar al-Assad", Macron said in the interview. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

The U.S., United Kingdom and France jointly launched strikes early on Saturday targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons warehouse and a command center linked to chemical weapons located west of Homs, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford said at a joint news conference with American Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

"We have full worldwide legitimacy in intervening in this case", Macron said.

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Parly said "Russians were warned beforehand", adding that France does "not seek confrontation, and we refuse any possibility of military escalation". Macron invited Trump to Bastille day celebrations previous year and will travel to Washington on a state visit this month. "We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term".

Macron said France also convinced Trump that the strikes had to be limited to suspected chemical weapons sites.

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria", Macron said in a television interview Sunday, according to AFP. "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

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Her statement suggests USA troops in Syria are not going anywhere, despite the president's assurances earlier this month that US troops will be leaving Syria "very soon". The U.S. has 2,000 special forces based in North-Eastern Syria fighting Islamic State militants along with a coalition of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

The White House, however, pushed back on the reports.

He said the military operation in Syria was legitimate and within the worldwide community framework, and was not a declaration of war. Syria vehemently denies this.

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Macron added that Russian Federation, which backs Assad politically and militarily, had made itself complicit in the Syrian government's actions. "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. Almost a year into his term, the new president declared France the most active country on the diplomatic field and at the United Nations.

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