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State Department freezes Syria recovery funds

A Syrian soldier looks at destroyed buildings in Eastern Ghouta. Photo: STR / AFP / Getty Images

The State Department has put $200 million in recovery effort funds to Syria on hold, after the White House directed it to do so, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Per the Journal, this signals that the administration is re-evaluating U.S. presence in the region. President Trump said on Thursday said that the U.S. would be "coming out of Syria...very soon," and that "other people" should take care of it.