“Ten days ago, President Trump said the U.S.’s will is to disengage from Syria. We convinced him that it was necessary to stay,” Macron said during a two-hour TV interview broadcast on Sunday night.

Shortly after Macron’s statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the U.S. mission to Syria “has not changed.”

“The president has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible,” she said.