Department of State

Trump cuts funding for projects to stabilize Syria

Civil defense member in shadows extinguishes fire.
Civil defense member extinguishes fire in Idlib. Photo: Amir es Sami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Trump administration is ending up to $230 million in funding intended to help stabilize Syria, David Satterfield, the State Department's Acting Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, told reporters on a call Friday.

Why it matters: This is the latest in a string of cuts to Syrian stabilization funds the administration has been making following repeated complaints from President Trump about the cost of U.S. involvement. Axios reported in May that the State Department was ending funding to projects in northwest Syria after Trump requested they be reviewed.

State Department issues impartial statement on Saudi-Canada dispute

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President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in March 2018. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool viaGetty Images

The U.S. State Department provided a comment to HuffPost Monday evening in response to the high-stakes spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada over the imprisonment of human rights activists.

"Canada and Saudi Arabia are both close allies of the United States...The United States supports respect for internationally recognized freedoms and individual liberties including dissent and due process. We have asked the Government of Saudi Arabia for additional information on the detention of several activists. We continue to encourage the Government of Saudi Arabia to respect due process and to publicize information on the status of legal cases. We address these broad concerns in our annual Human Rights Report."
— A State Department official