Macron: US 'retreat from Syria' won't change mission to eradicate ISIS

Macron: US 'retreat from Syria' won't change mission to eradicate ISIS
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French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France will not "deviate" from its efforts to defeat ISIS in Syria despite President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from the country.
 
"The retreat from Syria announced by our American friends cannot make us deviate from our strategic objective: eradicating Daesh," Macron said during a speech in southern France, according to Agence France-Presse.
 
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Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Macron added that "the fight is not over" and that "any rush to withdraw would be a mistake."

The French president has previously criticized Trump's decision to remove roughly 2,000 U.S. forces from Syria.

“I very deeply regret the decision made on Syria,” Macron said last month. “To be allies is to fight shoulder to shoulder. It’s the most important thing for a head of state and head of the military. An ally should be dependable.”

Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Dems tee up Tuesday vote against Trump's emergency declaration | GOP expects few defections | Trump doubles number of troops staying in Syria to 400 Trump administration ups to 400 number of troops staying behind in Syria Kurdish-led Syrian administration cheers Trump decision to leave troops in region MORE and sparked bipartisan backlash in Congress.

A number of GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump says he'll '100 percent' veto measure blocking emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Dems tee up Tuesday vote against Trump's emergency declaration | GOP expects few defections | Trump doubles number of troops staying in Syria to 400 On The Money: Dems set Tuesday vote on Trump's emergency declaration | Most Republicans expected to back Trump | Senate plots to avoid fall shutdown drama | Powell heading before Congress MORE (R-S.C.), a vocal ally of Trump on many issues, urged Trump to reconsider the decision.

Trump on Wednesday told a group of Republican senators that he plans to move forward with the plan to withdraw troops from Syria as well as Afghanistan.