Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Macron says persuaded Trump to keep troops in Syria

Macron says persuaded Trump to keep troops in Syria

During a televised address, Trump said France and the United Kingdom had joined in the strikes.

Macron added that Russian Federation, which backs Assad politically and militarily, had made itself complicit in the Syrian government's actions.

He went on to say that all the missiles launched by French jets as part of the joint strike against Syrian facilities reached all targets.

Macron, criticised by the far-left and far-right and part of the conservatives over the attacks, said France, Britain and the United States had "complete worldwide legitimacy to act".

"We have complete worldwide legitimacy to act in this framework", he said.

A poster of US President Donald Trump is set on fire during a protest against western air strikes on Syria, in Simferopol, Crimea April 15, 2018.

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The bombings marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and ally Russian Federation but the United States, France and Britain have said the missile strikes were limited to Syria's chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war. "The Turks condemned the chemical weapons".

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying 'the United States should withdraw form Syria.' We convinced him it was necessary to stay", Macron said in an interview with French media, according to Reuters. "We convinced him to remain", French President Emmanuel Macron said live on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart.

In this March 29, 2018 file photo, a fighter, second from right, of the US-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council is parked next to U.S. humvee at a United States troop outpost on a road leading to the tense front line between Syrian Manbij Military Council fighters and Turkish-backed fighters, at Halawanji village, north of Manbij town, Syria.

"We convinced him it was necessary to stay", he added.

Mr Macron said he still wanted dialogue with all parties, including Russian Federation, to try to find a political solution and would go ahead with a planned trip to Moscow next month.

Like Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May he has faced a domestic backlash for striking Syria without consulting parliament, but he defended the move as well within his constitutional powers. Nearly immediately after the election of the President of the Republic of macron invited Putin to visit France.

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