Macron vu par les grands journaux américains

Le Washington Post , ainsi que le New York Times, expliquent que le Président Macron n’a pas influencé le Président Trump sur le sujet des frappes des missiles contre la Syrie. D’ailleurs, peu de temps après la fin de l’entretien du président français avec Edwin Pleyel et Jean- Jaques Bourdin, le gouvernement américain a démenti ces propos. Macron se sentait très sûr de lui même dimanche face au deux journalistes et il pensait qu’il pourrait s’en sortir mais avec la NSA…

En ce qui concerne l Président Putin; il a été rassuré que ces frappes n’auraient en aucune façon touché les intérêts russes dans le pays.  Le Président Trump vient de décider que les Etats-Unis ne mettrait pas en place des nouvelles sanctions contre la Russie.

Ci-dessous l’article du Washington Post.

France’s Macron tries to walk back remarks that he persuaded Trump to keep troops in Syria

By James McAuley April 16 at 1:00 PM Email the author

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron attempted Monday to walk back surprising comments that suggested he had convinced President Trump to keep U.S. forces in Syria “long term.”

The original remarks — during a TV debate Sunday after Western missile strikes on Syria — hinted at a major policy shift by Trump and brought a sharp response from the White House less than a week before Macron is scheduled to visit Washington.

It left Macron scrambling to clarify his statement and fall closer in line with Trump’s outlook that the Islamic State remains the main battle for Western military forces in Syria. Last month, Trump announced that he planned to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria “very soon,” but appeared to take a softer line after commanders and others questioned that decision.

At a news conference Monday, Macron took pains to emphasize a common strategy in Syria between France and the Trump administration.

“I did not say that either the U.S. or France will remain militarily engaged in the long term in Syria,” he told reporters after meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

On April 16, British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to defend her decision to join airstrikes against Syria without Parliament’s consent. (Reuters)

“We have a military objective in Syria and one only: the war against ISIS,” he added, using an acronym for the Islamic State.

Macron, who has forged a good relationship with Trump in the past year, went on to say that the West’s “targeted operation” against the Islamic State included the “preservation of international law.”

“In doing so, [the United States] recognized with us that our political responsibility in Syria is not confined to the fight against ISIS. That’s a fact,” Macron said without elaborating on military timetables or on Western policies toward Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or his allies, including Russia and Iran.

Macron’s comments Sunday were delivered off the cuff in the heat of a televised exchange with two prominent French journalists.

“Ten days ago, President Trump was saying that the United States would disengage from Syria,” Macon said in the throes of making a point to the journalists, Jean-Jacques Bourdin of France’s BFM-TV and Edwy Plenel of Mediapart.

“We convinced him that it was necessary to stay there long term,” Macron said.

Macron provided no explanation of “long term.” He also said that France helped shape the target list for the more than 100 missile strikes on Syria early Saturday in retaliation for the Assad regime’s suspected use of chemical weapons.

“We convinced him to limit the strikes to chemical weapons when, at the same time, there was a burst of tweets that did not escape you,” Macron said Sunday, referring to Trump.

On Monday, pressed by reporters about Macron’s comments, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated that Trump remains focused on the Islamic State. “We’ve talked about this for a while, but our policy hasn’t changed,” she said. “We still have troops on the ground. But the President wants to bring those people home, and that hasn’t shifted.”

In Paris, Macron offered a hint of his possible discussions next week at the White House.

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