MACRON: FRANCE PER­SUADED TRUMP TO STRIKE IN SYRIA

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Paris — France per­suaded Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to stay in Syria and launch airstrikes as pun­ish­ment for an al­leged chem­i­cal-weapons at­tack, French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said Sun­day.

Ap­pear­ing live on French tele­vi­sion BFM and on­line in­ves­tiga­tive site Me­di­a­part nearly a year into his term, the 40-year-old leader said the U.S., Britain and France had "full in­ter­na­tional le­git­i­macy to in­ter­vene" with the strikes, to en­force in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law.

"Ten days ago Pres­i­dent Trump wanted the United States of Amer­ica to with­draw from Syria. We con­vinced him to re­main," he said, speak­ing in the ma­jes­tic room of Chail­lot Na­tional The­ater, with the Eif­fel Tower shining in the back­ground.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re-elec­tion cam­paign spent more than $1 out of ev­ery $5 on at­tor­ney fees this year as the pres­i­dent con­tended with the on­go­ing spe­cial coun­sel in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a new le­gal chal­lenge from an adult-film star. Of the $3.9 mil­lion Trump’s com­mit­tee spent in the first quar­ter of 2018, more than $834,000 went to eight law firms and the Trump Corp. for le­gal fees, ac­cord­ing to new Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion records filed Sun­day. The lat­est fig­ures bring the Trump cam­paign’s to­tal spend­ing on le­gal fees to nearly $4 mil­lion since the pres­i­dent took of­fice, records show. In the last quar­ter of 2017, Trump’s cam­paign com­mit­tee spent $1.1 mil­lion in le­gal fees.

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