UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — French President Emmanuel Macron said that he has “convinced” U.S. President Donald Trump to keep U.S. troops in Syria long term.

During a two-hour televised interview on Sunday, April 15, Macron said that he persuaded Trump to keep the United States engaged in Syria, despite the U.S. president’s comments less than two weeks ago that he would like to withdraw troops from the country.  

Macron also said that France convinced Trump that Friday’s airstrikes should be limited to suspected chemical weapons sites after Trump had “gotten a little carried away over tweets.”

The White House, in a response Sunday, downplayed Macron’s comments, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying, “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.”