US News White House reacts to Macron's claim France 'convinced' Trump to keep US troops in Syria

06:05  16 april  2018
06:05  16 april  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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' We convinced him it was necessary to remain there,' Macron said as he defended France ' s participation in joint Syria airstrikes.

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The White House reacted Sunday night to France’s claim that it “convinced” President Donald Trump to maintain the U.S. military presence in Syria, days after the two allies took part in airstrikes against the Assad regime.

“Ten days ago, President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria. We convinced him to remain,” French President Emmanuel Macron said live on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart.

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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he had convinced U . S . President Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria for the long term and limit joint strikes to chemical weapons facilities.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in response: “The U.S. mission has not changed — the president has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible. We are determined to completely crush ISIS and create the conditions that will prevent its return. In addition we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region.”

The U.S., France and the U.K. launched the airstrikes early Saturday in a joint operation, saying it was in response to the deadly chemical attack on Syrian civilians — an attack they linked to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: French President Emmanuel Macron, left, said on Sunday: © Provided by Fox News French President Emmanuel Macron, left, said on Sunday: "Ten days ago, President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria. We convinced him to remain."

Macron said the U.S., Britain and France had “full international legitimacy to intervene” with the strikes, to enforce international humanitarian law.

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President Emmanuel Macron said France , the U . S . and Britain will decide how to respond in the coming days. Trump met at the White House with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who told reporters that he and Trump "see eye to eye" on the Syria problem.

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“It was retaliation, not an act of war,” Macron said in justifying the operation a day before the French parliament was set to debate it.

He also claimed France was the most active country in the diplomatic arena and at the United Nations, and said his country wanted to include Western powers, Russia and Turkey in a new diplomatic initiative to find a sustainable political solution in Syria.

Macron also offered to play the role of intermediary between the United States and Russia, whose relationship has been on edge over the chemical attack and amid allegations that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. 2016 presidential election.

This satellite image shows the Barzah Research and Development Center in Syria following a U.S.-led allied missile attack © getty This satellite image shows the Barzah Research and Development Center in Syria following a U.S.-led allied missile attack

The French leader, described as centrist and pro-free-market, is set to make a state visit to the U.S. next week and is scheduled to travel to Russia next month.

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he had convinced U . S . President Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria for the long term and limit joint strikes to chemical weapons facilities. Early on Saturday, the United States , France and Britain launched 105 missiles targeting what they said were.

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Many leaders around the globe also voiced support and understanding for the airstrikes against Syria, but warned against allowing the seven-year conflict to escalate.

“Strikes by US, France and UK make it clear that Syrian regime together with Russia & Iran cannot continue this human tragedy, at least not without cost. The EU will stand with our allies on the side of justice,” European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted.

European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “The international community has the responsibility to identify and hold accountable those responsible of any attack with chemical weapons. This was not the first time that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against civilians but it must be the last.”

This image released by the US Department of Defense show the damage assessment at the Him Shinsar chemical weapons bunker before (L) and after (R) following US, French and British forces launched strikes agains Syria on April 14, 2018 © getty This image released by the US Department of Defense show the damage assessment at the Him Shinsar chemical weapons bunker before (L) and after (R) following US, French and British forces launched strikes agains Syria on April 14, 2018

The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons cannot be used with impunity. Stoltenberg said: “Before the attack took place last night, NATO allies exhausted all other possible ways to address this issue to the U.N. Security Council but ... were blocked by Russia ... I am not saying that the attacks … solved all problems but compared to the alternative to do nothing, this was the right thing to do.”

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While Trump declared success, the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses.

“We support the fact that our U.S., UK and French allies took on responsibility in this way as permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. The military strike was necessary and appropriate in order to preserve the effectiveness of the international ban on the use of chemical weapons and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley made clear the United States would not pull troops out of Syria right away, saying U.S. involvement there “is not done.”

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

“We’re not going to leave until we know we’ve accomplished those things,” she said.

Haley said the joint military strike “put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years” and reiterated that if Assad uses poison gas again, “the United States is locked and loaded.”

Fox News’ Jenny Buchholz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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