France convinced Trump to stay in Syria, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron talks with TF1 news anchorman Jean Pierre Pernaut after interview in classroom at a primary school in Berdhuis west of Paris

"The U.S. mission has not changed - the President has been clear that he wants USA forces to come home as quickly as possible", press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. (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.

He also claimed credit for convincing his United States counterpart Donald Trump to stay engaged in the conflict long-term.

Mr Macron described the alleged chemical weapons attack on April 7 in the Syrian city of Douma as being responsible for the "deaths of dozens of men, women and children".

"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", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria", Macron said during a two-hour grilling on French television, broadcast days after his government joined the USA and Britain in launching strikes against alleged Syrian regime chemical weapons facilities.

Europe's two biggest military powers took a gamble in lining up behind U.S. President Donald Trump to bombard Syria. Six of those resolutions would have condemned the regime for chemical weapons attacks.

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He said, "Ten days ago, President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria. Haley appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

France considers that worldwide military operation constitutes a serious warning to Syria that it must open its way to a dialogued way.

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. "They have not used chlorine themselves but they have methodically built the worldwide community's inability to act through diplomatic channels to stop the use of chemical weapons", he said.

"We have complete worldwide legitimacy to act in this framework", he said. It is up to Russian Federation to exert pressure on it, he said.

Like Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, Macron has faced a domestic backlash for striking Syria without consulting parliament, but he defended the move as well within his constitutional powers.

The session "will allow government to explain to all MEPs and all parliamentary groups to express ir positions" on attack, he said.

Macron drew criticism Saturday from the far-left to the far-right. I believe it is absolutely in our national interest. I see neir utility nor sense of attacking for attacking, to give feeling that something is done, without a strategy behind, "he told Journal du dimanche".

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