Macron: I never said US and France would stay in Syria for long termEmmanuel Macron has clarified a suggestion that he was responsible for shifting the US position on Syria, after the White House rebutted an earlier comment by the French president that he had “convinced” Donald Trump to maintain a military presence there. Macron said on Monday he had “never said” that either the US or France would stay engaged militarily over the long term. Play Video 2:05 What you need to know about the Syria strikes – video reportFrance and other European nations had been alarmed by Trump’s comments about ending America’s presence in Syria, which contradicted messages from US military leaders. This weekend’s strikes on Syria – in which the US, France and Britain launched 105 missiles targeting three chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in Douma on 7 April – marked a new phase in Macron’s presidency. The leader of the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, said Macron had not published any evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.
Source: The Guardian April 15, 2018 23:35 UTC