>> Senior US officials say President Donald Trump wants an early withdraw of American forces from the war in Syria.>> We'll be coming out of Syria very soon.>> Those were his words on Thursday. It's a subject he campaigned on.>> Let the other people take care of it now.
>> Now, Reuters understands that Trump has been asking his staff openly about why the US should remain in Syria while Islamic States presence is rapidly diminishing. Special forces troops on the ground seen here. It's been estimated that IS has lost about 98% of their former territory in the region.
But an early exit is likely to put Trump at odds with the Pentagon, which has warned that the militants could recover ground quickly if the US pulls out before the land is stabilized. It could also conflict with his incoming and hawkish new national security advisor John Bolton, after predecessor HR McMaster was recently shown the door.
Administration officials said the Whitehouse has already ordered a halt to $200 million in funds slated in recovery efforts for Syria. On Friday two NATO soldiers, one American and one British, were killed by an improvised explosive device there, according to Reuters sources in the UK government. The US has about 2,000 troops in the country.