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White House pushes back on Macron's Syria claim

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Despite French President Emmanuel Macron's claim that France convinced President Trump to stay in Syria "long-term," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders pushed back on that assertion tonight, saying that Trump "has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible."

The big picture: As Axios' Jonathan Swan put it, a reversal from Trump on his original thought process — with a long-term commitment in Syria — "would be one of the biggest and most abrupt foreign policy reversals in his presidency."

The full White House statement:

“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. 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.”
— Sarah Sanders