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Le Pen joins international condemnation of US attack on Syria

Leader of France's Front National's Marine Le Pen, joined the international chorus against the US attack on Syria

Published: April 9, 2017, 10:58 am

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    In a television interview with BFM TV, Le Pen said: “Trump was elected by announcing that the United States would no longer be the policeman of the world, would no longer interfere. The facts are appalling in Syria. It takes an international commission to conduct an independent investigation.”

    Le Pen, frontrunner in the French Presidential election on an anti-EU, anti-globalist and anti-immigration ticket, also cast doubt on president Trump’s motivation for the attack on Syria. She compared Trump’s explanation to bomb Syria to the non-existent weapons of mass destruction used to justify the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    “Marine Le Pen has dropped references to Trump on the campaign trail,” says Richard Maher, research fellow at European University Institute who studies European integration. “Trump is really unpopular in France — even among Le Pen’s own supporters,” Maher says. A poll carried out two days after Trump was elected found that 75 percent of French voters had a negative image of the new US leader. Some 47 percent of FN voters dislike Trump.

    Italian Northern League leader Matteo Salvini described the assault on Syria as “a bad idea, big mistake, and a gift to ISIS” in a Facebook post. “Haven’t the disasters in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya taught them [the US administration] anything?” he asked.

    Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, and current UKIP leader Paul Nuttall as well as UKIP donor Arron Banks are among Trump supporters who have been deeply disappointed by his sudden and unexpected turnaround.

    Farage previously spoke at the billionaire tycoon’s mass rallies, and was the first British politician to visit Trump Tower after Hillary Clinton’s shock defeat. But on Friday, he said: “I think a lot of Trump voters will be waking up this morning and scratching their heads and saying ‘where will it all end?'” In another tweet he said: “I’m surprised. Whatever Assad’s sins, he is secular.”

    UKIP’s current leader Paul Nuttall also condemned the attack.

    UKIP donor Arron Banks labelled Donald Trump’s choice “stupid” and said the president should have stayed out of the Middle East.

    Popular British conservative journalist Katie Hopkins also voiced her concern.

    The only so-called pro-Trump US journalist Bill Mitchell, who praised the attack on Syria, also runs Jared Kuschner’s media campaign.

    American conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who campaigned for Donald Trump, wrote: “Those who wanted us meddling in the Middle East voted for other candidates. Trump campaigned on not getting involved in Mideast. Said it always helps our enemies & creates more refugees. Then he saw a picture on TV.”

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