It has been widely reported that France persuaded President Trump to stay in Syria and launch airstrikes as punishment for an alleged chemical weapons attack. That according to French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday clarified his claim during a TV interview Sunday that he convinced President Trump to keep troops in Syria “long-term.” He now says that he “never said” the U.S. and France should maintain a military presence in Syria, AP reports, adding that he believes the U.S. has realized that its responsibility in Syria is to address humanitarian crises and the fight against ISIS.
The Whitehouse pushed back on Macron’s original statement.
The full White House statement:
“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.”
— Sarah Sanders