The President of the United States Donald trump ordered to freeze more than $ 200 million allocated earlier to the American authorities in post-war reconstruction of Syria, writes The Wall Street Journal, citing official sources.
The day before, on Thursday March 29, speaking in Ohio, trump said that the US «very soon» will leave Syria. «Let others take care of it», he said.
According to the WSJ, the White house has ordered the U.S. Department of state to suspend the allocation of funds for the reconstruction of Syria. The state Department said that they do not have yet a formal plan for the President «out of Syria.»
Previously, trump has said that his administration intends to review the US role in the protracted Syrian conflict (civil war in the country began seven years ago, in March 2011 and is still ongoing).
According to the published information, Donald trump ordered to freeze the allocation of money for Syria, after he read an article that talked about U.S. commitments for the payment of $ 200 million for reconstruction in that country. To allocate this amount in the course of the meeting representatives of the Western coalition in Kuwait in February, he promised holding then a post of Secretary Rex Tillerson. March 13, trump fired Tillerson to the post of head of the state Department and was appointed head of the foreign Ministry Mike Pompeo, up to that time was Director of the CIA.
We will remind that earlier, according to the order of trump, the US cut financial aid to the middle East the UN Agency for aid to Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), which pays for health, education and social assistance to millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in the West Bank, the Gaza strip, Arab Jerusalem, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
Trump threatened to reduce American aid to Jordan. This was allocated substantial funds to transfer the U.S. Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
On 30 January, speaking in Congress with the annual speech «state of the Union», Donald trump spoke about a simple formula, which he plans to follow to help friends, to be resolute enemies. Then the head of the White house recalled that a year ago promised along with its allies «to wipe ISIS from the face of the Earth.» «A year later I’m proud to report that the coalition won the IG, freed nearly 100 percent of the territory, recently captured these murderers in Iraq and Syria and other regions. But there is still a lot of work. We will continue our fighting until ISIS is defeated,» said trump. At the same time trump has made it clear that after defeating ISIS, the Americans do not plan to stay in Syria.
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