U.S. Freezes Funding For Syria’s White Helmets Group; Support ‘Under Active Review,’ State Department Says
CBS News: U.S. freezes funding for Syria’s “White Helmets”
“Less than two months ago the State Department hosted members of the White Helmets at Foggy Bottom. At the time, the humanitarian group was showered with praise for saving lives in Syria. … Now they are not getting any U.S funding as the State Department says the support is ‘under active review.’ The U.S. had accounted for about a third of the group’s overall funding. … [The group says] they have saved more than 70,000 lives. … President Trump put a freeze on the $200 million in U.S. funding for recovery efforts in Syria in late March. This freeze means that U.S. support for the White Helmets is not the only project in jeopardy…” (Atwood, 5/3).