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Paris (CNSNews.com) – French President Emmanuel Macron has come under fire for suggesting he persuaded President Trump not to quickly withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops deployed in Syria, even as he faces some criticism for taking part in military action, with the U.S. and Britain, against the Assad regime.
During a lengthy television interview early this week, Macron said he had asked Trump to stay longer in Syria after Friday’s air strikes by U.S., French and British forces, and that the U.S. president had agreed.
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“Ten days ago, President Trump said the United States of America has the inclination to withdraw from Syria. But we convinced him that it was necessary to stay there,” he said. “I reassure you, we convinced him that we had to stay in the long term.”
The comments created a media uproar here after the U.S. appeared to contradict Macron by saying it had no intention of staying longer in Syria.
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Trump said Monday he still wanted to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria as quickly as possible. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the same day, “The U.S. mission has not changed: the president has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as soon as possible.”
“Did the French president overestimate his influence on the American leader?” asked the French edition of Huffington Post.
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“Two days after the American, French and British strikes in Syria, French and American leaders seem to have trouble understanding each other,” commented the conservative daily Le Figaro.
Macron, however, denied any misunderstanding between him and Trump on the Syrian problem, saying, “France and the United States have the same position regarding the duration of their military engagement in Syria.”
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Press criticism did not stop, but Macron insisted there was no inconsistency.
“Washington is right to recall that the military commitment is against Daesh [ISIS] and...
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