Now French Leader Says He Didn’t Convince Trump to Stay in Syria

After claiming he persuaded Trump to adopt a new foreign policy, French President Emmanuel Macron says he prefers Trump’s original ideas.

Emmanuel Macron says now that he doesn’t want French troops staying in Syria longer than the need to do so. But he had claimed earlier that he changed Trump’s mind and convinced him to keep troops there.

Why did he expect to get away with that claim? The White House repudiated Macron’s story and has stuck to Trump’s longstanding promise to bring the troops home as soon as he can.

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The Emmanuel Macron story seems similar to what happened to Nikki Haley when she tried to set up the rollout of sanctions on Russia and then was countermanded by Donald Trump. In both cases someone tried to commit Donald Trump to a longer engagement and in both cases Trump refused to go along with it. In the case of Nikki Haley we haven’t heard anything from her. But Macron is now changing his story and actually claiming to agree with Trump’s longstanding position.

It makes one wonder how often we’re going to see someone try to commit Trump to a new agenda and how often Trump will politely decline.

The New York Post reports, “Macron backs off claim that he convinced Trump to keep troops in Syria.

French President Emmanuel Macron backed off his assertion that the United States had changed its policy on Syria after the White House rejected his claim that he had persuaded President Trump to keep troops in the war-torn country, a report said Monday.

Macron said Sunday that he had told Trump that he should keep American forces in Syria for the “long term” after the president suddenly announced in a speech in Ohio last month that he wanted to pull out “very soon,” Reuters reported.

The White House late Sunday released a statement saying that while Trump wants Islamic State terrorists in the country defeated, he also wants the troops to return home.

“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,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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