The funding should be used for basic infrastructure projects such as the restoration of electricity and water and the reconstruction of roads. Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson announced the funding last month at an aid conference in Kuwait.
But in mid-February, Trump top consultants said he wanted American troops out of Syria as soon as the victory could be declared, said two administrative officials. Shortly thereafter, Trump said the United States was in Syria to "get rid of IS and go home" during a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Alastair Campbell.
During a speech in Ohio on Thursday, Trump went on to say, "We will be from Syria very soon, let the other people take care of it now, very soon ̵
Support for the assistance is not necessarily permanent, and officials said it will be discussed this week at high-level inter-ministerial meetings, including a National Security Council meeting, to discuss the state of the anti-ISIS campaign.
The State Department said in a statement that it continually reviews the appropriate levels of support and continues to work with the international community, members of the anti-ISIS coalition and local partners to provide much-needed stabilization support to vulnerable areas in Syria
" The United States is working every day on the ground and with the international community to stabilize the areas liberated from ISIS and find ways to drive reconstruction as soon as there is a peaceful political transition from (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad, "it said the explanation.
But holding back on funding, paired with Trump's comments this week, has triggered alarm bells in the State Department that the US could suddenly snap off. The Department and the Pentagon planned a gradual transition from a military-led campaign to a diplomatic mission to rebuild areas liberated by ISIS to prevent their return.
"The impact on this money only brings the problem together," said a State Department official. "It's pretty depressing."