France's Macron Says He Has Convinced Trump To Stay In Syria


(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.

"I believe this chemical attack took place, I believe my red line was crossed", he told Putin in the Friday morning phone call, according to a close advisor at the Elysee palace. "But, I think the lesson was understood", he added.

The French strikes, involving 12 cruise missiles, fighter jets and warships, were President Emmanuel Macron's first major military decision since taking office in May previous year.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that Paris had convinced Donald Trump to stay engaged in Syria "for the long-term" - but just a few hours later the White House said the USA mission in the war-torn country "has not changed".

"A good part of the Syrian regime's chemical arsenal has been destroyed".

Despite a spat over Syria and risk of escalation in the region, Macron maintained a scheduled visit to Russian Federation late May to participate the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, according to the French top diplomat. "We convinced him to remain", 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.

Saturday's strikes targeted three alleged chemical weapons facilities in response to what the West says was a gas attack on the town of Douma that killed dozens of people.

"After examining the videos and images of victims published online, they [intelligence services] were able to conclude with a high degree of confidence that the vast majority are recent and not fabricated". "The Turks condemned the chemical weapons".

The coordinated bombings tapped into the prevailing mood among leaders of the two powers, who are united in a sense that something had to be done to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad's government from repeatedly using chemical weapons.

The ministry said the assessment "will be updated as we collect new information".

"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.