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‘An ally must be reliable’: Macron responds to Trump’s Syria pullout

By Rudaw 23/12/2018
France's President Emmanuel Macron holds a press conference at the presidential palace in N'Djamena, on December 23, 2018. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP
France's President Emmanuel Macron holds a press conference at the presidential palace in N'Djamena, on December 23, 2018. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Donald Trump, implying the American president is an unreliable ally after deciding to withdraw from Syria. 

"To be an ally is to fight shoulder to shoulder," Macron said in a press conference in N’Djamena, Chad on Sunday. 

"An ally must be reliable, to coordinate with its other allies.”

France has troops on the ground in northern Syria as part of the international coalition against ISIS. They are there alongside American and British forces, backing up their allies in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). 

Trump surprised his partners and his own advisors when he announced last week that ISIS was “defeated in Syria” and he was calling US troops home. 

"I deeply regret the decision" made by Trump, said Macron. 

France will not follow Trump’s lead. French Defence Minister Florence Parly said the fight against terrorism is a priority for her government – “Our analysis: we have a job to finish.”

Representatives of the Kurdish-led administration governing more than a quarter of Syrian territory visited Paris to ask France to fill the gap that will be left by the withdrawing Americans. 

Macron also said a few words in tribute to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis who resigned in protest of Trump’s decision. 

"I want here to pay tribute to General Mattis... for a year we have seen how he was a reliable partner," he said. 

In his resignation letter, Mattis told Trump that he prioritizes relationships with allies and he was leaving his position so that Trump could have a defense chief whose values match those of the president. 

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MAGA | 23/12/2018
Macron is a big loser he is nothing compared to Trump.
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 23/12/2018
Trump does not believe in relying upon allies -- see the following op-ed -- https://ahvalnews.com/us-turkey/erdogan-after-feasting-comes-digestion
Cassiopeia | 23/12/2018
Yeah mr trump is broke as much as you can define the word broke. It’s just that Russian oligarchs bought his properties highly overpriced even in the Lehman brothers fallout and by definition that makes him a Russian oligarch too. almost 90 percent of Russian billionaires made their fortune through politics and not through anything else, self-service And kgb made up billionaires. That makes him a „no way out „ juri from the 80s just with billions of dollars. But it seems the us is full of juris when you look how much they are keen to sell mass destruction weapons and raise threats to make more necessary. There are Kurds that can cope perfectly with this kind of people but they are busy with their achilles' heel which is gambling fornication and Women. What a shame. The Kurds should have evacuated long time ago because this Isis or whatever crap is just beginning and certainly will become a big thing in the next 50 years. Like fake Cold War garbage. Then the fucking fake aliens will come. While the real ones get slaughtered since the 40s. Garbage history made up by scum and leading nowhere than waste of 2 to 3 centuries and enormous devastation. In the end madmax world with nothing than deserts and beggars will remain.
Kurdistan | 24/12/2018
President Macron is right. He is much more mature and professional that the joke Trump. Trump is an unreliable incompetent and very bad person. He should have never been elected president. Such a shame for the world!
trump whore wife | 24/12/2018
Trump is a Clown like his people

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