Trump still wants US troops home as quickly as possible, despite Macron claims

French President Emmanuel Macron (left) talking to US President Donald Trump while attending during the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, France, on July 14, 2017.
French President Emmanuel Macron (left) talking to US President Donald Trump while attending during the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, France, on July 14, 2017.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump still wants US forces in Syria to return home as soon as possible, the White House said on Sunday (April 15), after French President Emmanuel Macron said he had convinced Mr Trump to keep a US presence there for "the long term".

"The US mission has not changed - the President has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

"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," she said.