French president Macron clarifes remark on changing Trump’s mind
Monday, April 16, 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron has clarified comments that he "convinced” President Donald Trump to maintain U.S. military presence in Syria, a remark that had prompted a rebuttal from the White House.
Macron maintained on Monday that he "never said” either the United States or France would stay engaged long term in Syria in a military sense — hours after saying in a live Sunday interview that he had managed to change Trump’s mind on withdrawing troops.
Macron said both French and U.S. positions were in line and the main aim in Syria was the "war against ISIS,” referring to the Islamic State group.
However, Macron said that by joining forces with France and the UK for last Saturday’s air strikes, the U.S. "fully realized that our responsibility went above and beyond the war against ISIS and that it was a humanitarian responsibility as well on the ground.” -AP