France convinced Trump to keep US troops in Syria, Macron says

He also said that France convinced Trump to “limit the strikes to chemical weapons.”

U.S, France and Britain fired missiles early Saturday at three chemical-weapons facilities in Syria to punish the regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma.

Macron said the allies had “full international legitimacy to intervene” with the strikes, to enforce international humanitarian law.


“It was retaliation, not an act of war,” Macron said in justifying the operation a day before the French parliament was set to debate it.

Asked about Macron’s comments, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stressed that Trump’s plans for the region remained unaltered. In a statement, she said: “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.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the U.S. will announce new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

“They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use,” she told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

Haley said that Russia has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.


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