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

17 April 2018

"Ten days ago, Donald Trump said that the United States had a vocation to disengage and we convinced him that we had to stay in the long term, we also convinced him to limit strikes to chemical facilities", Macron said during a two-hour interview to French media outlets RMC, BFMTV and Mediapart to mark his 1st year in office.

The French president nevertheless said he wanted to engage in dialogue with all parties involved, including Moscow, in order to find a political solution for Syria.

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

However, Mr Macron was keen to emphasise that "we have not declared war on the regime of Bashar al-Assad" following the strike.

"We convinced him it was necessary to remain there". (Though it should be said that Macron is one of the few non-authoritarian leaders Trump seems to respect.) In any case, the claim is testament to the depth of Trump's remarkable capriciousness on all matters, including those that concern the life and death of American soldiers.

Macron added that Russian Federation, which backs Assad politically and militarily, had paved the way for the Syrian government's actions.

Macron confirmed that he will visit St. Petersburg, Russia, in May.

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It has been revealed that French President Emmanuel Macron persuaded President Donald Trump not to pullout US soldiers in Syria to enable him launch airstrikes as punishment for the Bashar al-Assad led-government for an alleged chemical weapons attack on his people.

Speaking to French broadcaster BFMTV, Le Drian said there was "no doubt" about the suspected chemical attack in Douma.

Obama had to backtrack in the face of congressional opposition, signaling USA fatigue in the Middle East and empowering Russia, Western military experts said at the time. "We can not tolerate the banalisation of the use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security".

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

Our response was limited to the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capacity. "This is not about intervening in a civil war". The U.N. Security Council met to debate the strikes, but rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies.

"We also persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons (sites), after things got a little carried away over tweets", he said. That did not mean military strikes would continue.

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