It has been revealed that French President Emmanuel Macron persuaded President Donald Trump not to pullout US soldiers in Syria to enable him launch airstrikes as punishment for the Bashar al-Assad led-government for an alleged chemical weapons attack on his people.
Macron said the strikes were legal and an act to implement global resolutions and enforce worldwide law and not to declare war on Syrian regime.
On Thursday, sitting in a primary school in Normandy where he was giving his first TV interview in months, Macron said France now had proof the Syrian government had been involved. "We can not tolerate the banalisation of the use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security".
"We convinced him it was necessary to remain there".
He said the US, France and Britain targeted "extremely precise sites of chemical weapons use" in an operation that went off "perfectly".
Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its French and British allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression".
"I assure you, we have convinced him that it is necessary to stay for the long-term", he told his interviewers.
Upon being asked in the interview of Russia's condemnation of the Syria attack, which Moscow also called illegal, Macron said, "We have three members of the [United Nations] Security Council who have intervened".
After Macron's comments, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "The US mission has not changed - the president has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible". "In addition we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region", she added. There are no changes to his planned trip to Russian Federation next month, he said.
Trump said the US was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.
Like Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, Macron has faced a domestic backlash for striking Syria without consulting parliament, but he defended the move as well within his constitutional powers.
"The strikes against Syria are without proof, without a United Nations mandate, and against it, without a European agreement and without a vote of the French Parliament", Melenchon said on Twitter.