(US strike on Syria) Marine Le Pen slams world policeman

Friday, April 07, 2017

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to be the "world's policeman'' with airstrikes on Syria and is suggesting that it could backfire. 

Le Pen has expressed support for Syrian President Bashar Assad in the past, and said on France-2 television today that she was "surprised'' by Trump's sudden move. 

Le Pen said that Trump indicated he would not make the U.S. "the world's policeman, and that's exactly what he did yesterday.'' She warned that past international interventions in Iraq and Libya have led to rising Islamic extremism. 

Le Pen appeared to be distancing herself from Trump. The two have similar views and Le Pen is hoping to ride a wave of protectionist, anti-immigrant sentiment to the presidency next month.-AP