France's Macron persuaded Trump over Syria troops, he says

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"We convinced him that it was necessary to stay", Macron said during a two-hour televised interview with several French media outlets.

The three allies joined forces for the missile strikes a week after a deadly attack on the town of Douma where civilians were hit with chlorine and sarin, according to the Western powers. (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.

After a first phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump that night, a series of painstaking daily meetings with defense and foreign affairs officials took place to check the authenticity of images and information coming from Syria.

A day after France joined the United States and Britain in launching unprecedented strikes against regime targets, Macron insisted the intervention was legitimate and urged global powers to push for a diplomatic solution to the brutal seven-year war.

François Delattre, the French ambassador to the United Nations, said France could not "let the genie of proliferation out of the bottle", adding that Damascus "reached the point of no return" in the April 7th attacks on Ghouta.

He said the US, France and Britain targeted "extremely precise sites of chemical weapons use" in an operation that went off "perfectly".

"Ten days ago president Trump wanted the United States of America to withdraw from Syria".

He said the military operation in Syria was legitimate and within the global community framework, and was not a declaration of war. "It is worldwide community that has intervened, and has done so in an extremely precise way", he added and reiterated that France considers that it has sufficient evidence that Damascus is behind use of chemical weapons in city of Duma a little over a week ago.

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He said France now wanted to involve Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey in a new diplomatic initiative to find a sustainable political solution in Syria.

Macron said his scheduled trip to Moscow next month would be maintained despite divergence on the Syrian crisis.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support Assad in his long war against anti-government opposition forces.

Macron had warmer words for Turkey.

Trump's complete lack of philosophical coherence is part of the reason Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May face fury from both their left and right for supporting Trump's air strikes.

"All of our missiles reached their target", he said.

However, Mr Macron said that by joining forces with France and the United Kingdom for last Saturday's air strikes, the U.S. "fully realised that our responsibility went above and beyond the war against IS, and that it was a humanitarian responsibility as well on the ground".

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