French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Washington beginning Monday to speak before Congress and meet with President Trump, and in aFox News Sunday appearance he said he will use this time to promote a long-term U.S. occupation of Syria, including nation-building programs.
"We will have to build the new Syria after [the Islamic State is defeated], and that's why I think the U.S. hold is very important," Macron said. "Why? I will be very blunt. The day we will finish this war against ISIS, if we leave, definitely and totally, even from a political point of view, we will leave the floor to the Iranian regime, Bashar al-Assad and his guys, and they will prepare the new war. They will fuel the new terrorists."
"So, my point is to say, even after the end of the war against ISIS," he continued, "the U.S., France, our allies, all the countries of the region, even Russia and Turkey, will have a very important role to play in order to create this new Syria and ensure Syrian people to decide for the future."
Watch the full interview below, and read The Washington Post's preview of Macron's trip, which is expected to focus significantly on persuading Trump to keep the United States in the Iran nuclear deal. Bonnie Kristian
Comments from the White House on Friday and Chinese state media on Saturday echoed President Trump's positive assessment of his two-day summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week.
"The two leaders had positive and productive meetings," said a statement from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. "The two presidents reviewed the state of the bilateral relationship and noted the importance of working together to generate positive outcomes that would benefit the citizens of both countries."
China's official newspaper on Saturday said the summit went "as well as it could," editorializing that "Beijing and Washington have so far managed to do well in preventing conflicts," which "shows confrontation is not inevitable."
Another state-run outlet said the summit indicated a new "pragmatic relationship" between the two nations. "It seems that both countries have understood the importance of how essential a smooth transition needs to be, and not just for the two countries involved here, but really for the entire world over," the tabloid enthused. Bonnie Kristian
That's the question hounding Chinese officials who are trying to track down "President Putin's tiger," The New York Times reports.
The 23-month-old Siberian tiger was reintroduced to Russia's wild in May, with President Vladimir Putin personally overseeing the animal's progress. But Kuzya has demonstrated wanderlust, prowling across the country over the last five months before taking an international plunge earlier this week and swimming across the Amur River, which separates Russia and China.
Now, Chinese officials are frantically trying to track the tiger down — before poachers catch up to Kuzya first. Siberian tigers are a highly regarded commodity on China's black market, and considering Beijing's efforts to cozy up to Moscow, Chinese officials are anxious to re-secure Putin's pet. Sarah Eberspacher