France convinced Trump to stay in Syria, says Macron

Emmanuel Macron in a classroom before a televised interview in Berd'huis south of Paris

Emmanuel Macron in a classroom before a televised interview in Berd’huis south of Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday he has convinced President TrumpDonald John TrumpRobert De Niro, Ben Stiller play Mueller and Cohen in "SNL" parody of "Meet the Parents" Trump order targets wide swath of public assistance programs Comey says Trump reacted to news of Russian meddling by asking if it changed election results MORE to keep USA troops in Syria long-term.

The French president said on Sunday that Paris had convinced the United States administration to "stay in Syria long term". "We convinced him it was necessary to stay", Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news.

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

Macron says he changed Trump's mind in a phone call before the airstrikes on Friday night.

Haley said the three US goals for accomplishing its mission have been making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, defeating the Islamic State terror group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

A day after France joined the United States and Britain in launching unprecedented strikes against regime targets, Macron insisted the intervention was legitimate and urged worldwide powers to now push for a diplomatic solution to the brutal seven-year war.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", he said.

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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.

Macron added that the strikes on Syria had been "perfectly carried out".

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

Commenting further on the issue, Macron said that the Western strikes had split Turks from Russian Federation in Syria, as Ankara has approved the attack. There are no changes to his planned trip to Russian Federation next month, he said.

Western countries blame Assad for the Douma attack that killed dozens of people.

Three sites. Firstly, the Barzeh complex, which the USA says is a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this.

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