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TopicTrump still wants US troops to leave Syria 'as quickly as possible' - White House

  • Mon 16th Apr 2018 - 11:00am

    Donald Trump still wants American troops in Syria to return home as soon as possible, the White House says, after Emmanuel Macron said he had convinced the US President to keep a US presence there for "the long term".
    "The US mission has not changed - the President has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
    There are estimated to be around 2,000 US troops in Syria.
    Ms Sanders added: "We are determined to completely crush ISIS and create the conditions that will prevent its return. In addition we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region."
    Earlier, the French President said he had persuaded Mr Trump to stay in Syria and launch airstrikes as punishment for the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma.
    "Ten days ago President Trump wanted the United States of America to withdraw from Syria. We convinced him to remain," Mr Macron said during a two-hour grilling on French television.
    "I assure you, we have convinced him that it is necessary to stay for the long-term," he added.
    Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al Assad has said the Western airstrikes in his country were based on "lies" by the UN Security Council.

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