Trump tells advisers he wants early exit of U.S. troops from Syria

FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Palm Beach International Airport, Florida, U.S. for the Easter weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Vastavam web: President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants an early exit of U.S. troops from Syria, two senior administration officials said on Friday, a stance that may put him at odds with many top U.S. officials.A U.S. administration official confirmed a Wall Street Journal report on Friday that said Trump had ordered the State Department to freeze more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria while his administration reassesses Washington’s role in the conflict there.

The officials said the decision was in line with Trump’s declaration during a speech in Richfield, Ohio, on Thursday, where he revealed his desire for America to exit Syria, the paper said.A spokesperson for the White House’s National Security Council said that “in line with the President’s guidance, the Department of State continually re-evaluates appropriate assistance levels and how best they might be utilized, which they do on an ongoing basis.”Trump is spending Easter weekend at his Palm Beach, Florida, estate.

On Thursday, he revealed his desire to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria and turn over security to regional countries.He said that based on allied victories against Islamic State militants, “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon.”