French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday he has convinced President TrumpDonald John TrumpRobert De Niro, Ben Stiller play Mueller and Cohen in "SNL" parody of "Meet the Parents" Trump order targets wide swath of public assistance programs Comey says Trump reacted to news of Russian meddling by asking if it changed election results MORE to keep US troops in Syria long-term.
"Ten days ago, President Trump said the US should disengage from Syria. We convinced him it was necessary to stay", Macron told three media outlets.
But she added that the U.S. was "determined to completely crush" the Islamic State group and prevent its return.
In telephone calls with Mr Trump, he also said he "persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets".
"They have not used chlorine themselves but they have methodically built the global community's inability to act through diplomatic channels to stop the use of chemical weapons", he said of Russian Federation. (Though it should be said that Macron is one of the few non-authoritarian leaders Trump seems to respect.) In any case, the claim is testament to the depth of Trump's remarkable capriciousness on all matters, including those that concern the life and death of American soldiers.
"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", he said.
The bombings marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and ally Russian Federation but the United States, France and Britain have said the missile strikes were limited to Syria's chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war.
He said the military strikes early on Saturday had been "perfectly carried out" but were not a declaration of war on Syria.
Mr Macron insisted the Western allies had "complete worldwide legitimacy to act" in Syria.
Despite soaring tensions with Russia, Macron stressed the need to "talk to everyone" in pursuing a Syrian settlement, saying his plans to visit Moscow in May remain unchanged.
Haley said the joint military strike "put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years" and reiterated that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded". The Syrian leadership denied any involvement in the attack and invited the experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate the reports.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said no further strikes were planned, but that this would be reassessed if more chemical attacks took place. There are no changes to his planned trip to Russian Federation next month, he said. "This was not the first time that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against civilians but it must be the last".
"All of our missiles reached their target", he said.