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France's Macron says he persuaded Trump to keep troops in Syria

16 April 2018

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 US troops in Syria long-term.

"We convinced him it was necessary to stay", he added.

Early on Saturday, the United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles targeting what they said were three chemical weapons facilities in Syria in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Douma on April 7.

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.

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

The wave of strikes had represented the most significant attack against President Bashar al-Assad's government by Western powers in seven years of Syria's civil war. "We convinced him to remain", French President Emmanuel Macron said live on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart.

Saturday's strikes on Syria were the first major military operation since Macron's election in May a year ago.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said no further strikes were planned, but that this would be reassessed if more chemical attacks took place.

Russian Federation says the attack in Douma was staged, accusing the United Kingdom of orchestrating it.

A tweet from Mr Trump last week about U.S. missile strikes on Syria had read: "Get ready, Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart".

And he further argued the operation was legitimate despite not being sanctioned by the United Nations, retorting that under a 2013 United Nations resolution Syria was supposed to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal.

Mr Macron insisted the Western allies had "complete global legitimacy to act" in Syria.

"All of our missiles reached their target", he said.

Macron said the U.S., Britain and France had "full worldwide legitimacy to intervene" with the strikes, to enforce global humanitarian law.

France's Macron says he persuaded Trump to keep troops in Syria