French President Emmanuel Macron said in a television interview on April 15 that he convinced US President Donald J. Trump not to withdraw troops from Syria. "Ten days ago, President Trump was saying 'the United States should withdraw from Syria.' We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term," Macron said in the TV interview. Macron said that he had also persuaded Trump "that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets." He has since tried to walk back those comments.