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    Macron says he convinced Trump to stay in Syria

    French President Emmanuel Macron said he convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to stay in Syria and commit “for the long term” but the White House declared its policy had not shifted.

    “Ten days ago, President Trump said the U.S.’s will is to disengage from Syria. We convinced him that it was necessary to stay,” Macron said during a two-hour TV interview broadcast on Sunday night. Trump said earlier this month that the “primary mission” of the United States had been to defeat the Islamic State and this task was “almost completed.” He said his administration would look to make a final decision on the status of U.S. troops in the region “very quickly.”

    In the interview, Macron also said that he had persuaded Trump “that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets.”

    In defense of the air strikes conducted on Friday night, Macron said the Western allies had “complete international legitimacy to act,” reiterating that there was clear proof of the Syrian government being responsible for a chemical attack in Douma at the beginning of April.

    https://www.politico.eu/article/fran...stay-in-syria/

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    Why?

    US has no substantial presences in Syria. Stay how?

    Right now, there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, working as advisers to the Syrian Defense Forces or providing other support to local militias battling the Islamic State.

    The US/Trump signed a 'cease fire' with Assad and Putin and has not been participating in any combat actions in Syria.




    Trump and Putin Agree to Seek Syria Cease-Fire
    Under the Russian proposal expected at Astana, forces from Russia, Turkey and Iran would patrol dividing lines between Syrian government and other forces in what Russia calls “deconfliction zones.” They would be set up around rebel pockets in the Damascus suburbs; Idlib Province; southern Syria, near the Jordanian border; and north of the central city of Homs, according to Sputnik, a Russian state-run news outlet.


    But Russia said rebels in those areas would first have to push out jihadist groups like the Islamic State and the former Nusra Front, which is linked to Al Qaeda. Other rebel groups, including those supported by the United States and Turkey, have shown intermittent willingness to talk to Russia in Astana, seeing Moscow as more committed to whatever policies it adopts in Syria than the United States has been. But they have also frequently expressed disappointment that Russia has failed to rein in attacks on civilians by the Syrian government.



    A cease-fire is the main priority, Mr. Putin said. It will be the focus of the multiparty talks that are to take place in Astana. Until now, the United States had not had any important role in those talks, which Russia, Iran and Turkey set up outside the previous system of negotiations in Geneva.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/w...tin-syria.html

    The US has been frozen out and Trump has left any decisions in Syria to Syria, Turkey and Iran.

    Trumps new pick for SoS, Pompeo is still in the hearing process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    French President Emmanuel Macron said he convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to stay in Syria and commit “for the long term” but the White House declared its policy had not shifted.

    “Ten days ago, President Trump said the U.S.’s will is to disengage from Syria. We convinced him that it was necessary to stay,” Macron said during a two-hour TV interview broadcast on Sunday night. Trump said earlier this month that the “primary mission” of the United States had been to defeat the Islamic State and this task was “almost completed.” He said his administration would look to make a final decision on the status of U.S. troops in the region “very quickly.”

    In the interview, Macron also said that he had persuaded Trump “that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets.”

    In defense of the air strikes conducted on Friday night, Macron said the Western allies had “complete international legitimacy to act,” reiterating that there was clear proof of the Syrian government being responsible for a chemical attack in Douma at the beginning of April.

    https://www.politico.eu/article/fran...stay-in-syria/
    If Trump weren't so busy bashing Comey, he'd attack Macron for that claim. HA.

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