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Macron: France convinced Trump to remain in Syria "long-term"

Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump.
French President Emmanuel Macron with President Trump. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

In a television interview on Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that France has convinced President Trump that it is "necessary" to remain in Syria "long-term," per the AFP.

The backdrop: Earlier this month, the White House said the U.S. military mission in Syria was coming to a "rapid end" and focused on the complete defeat of ISIS. But that was before the suspected chemical weapon attack on April 7 by Bashar al-Assad's government, and this weekend's coordinated strikes on Syrian government targets with France and the United Kingdom.

Shannon Vavra 2 hours ago
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It’s not just nukes: What the key players want from North Korea

Kim and Xi meet in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua/Ju Peng via Getty Images

With North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in sitting down for talks, and a summit between Kim and President Trump looming, denuclearization is at the top of mind in Washington — but it's not the only issue on the table.

Why it matters: Trump and Kim will have to balance a number of competing interests if they want to reach any sort of lasting accord.

Mike Allen 2 hours ago
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Macron's blunt postgame

Collage: Sarah Grillo/Axios; Photos: Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron said at a remarkably candid postgame for a small group of reporters last evening that his State Visit left him convinced President Trump will withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran, and that the U.S. president wants to create "a series of new Trump's deals."

His big takeaway: "[Y]our president is a dealmaker. You always have to understand the rationale of your counterpoint. He's a dealmaker. So he wants to find a deal and he wants to find a deal under his condition."